Republicans Break Promise to Americas Veterans
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement after Republicans broke their pledge on veterans
health care funding by passing the VA-HUD appropriations bill. The
bill contains $1.8 billion less than what was promised in the Republican
budget for veterans health care.
Another day in the House of Representatives and another broken
promise by Republicans -- this time to veterans on health care.
health care system is in crisis. Veterans are waiting six months
or more for a medical appointment at Veterans Administration hospitals;
the health care system is failing to serve the needs of our veterans;
and an average of 200,000 veterans are on a waiting list to receive
healthcare. How do Republicans respond? By drastically under funding
veterans health care funding by $1.8 billion.
Bush and House Republicans owe it to the men and women who defended
our country to keep the promise of the health care they deserve
and have earned.
fought to increase funding for veterans health care at every
opportunity. We offered amendment after amendment to increase veterans
health care funding, but Republicans repeatedly defeated these measures.
fulfill our promise to those who have paid the high price for our
freedom -- those who have worn our nations uniform.