on Republican Leadership to Keep its Promise and Restore $1.8 Billion
for Veterans Health Care
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today calling for bipartisan support for restoring $1.8
billion to the underfunded VA-HUD Appropriations bill. The House
bill currently contains $1.8 billion less than what Republicans
had promised. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.
"The fight to fully support veterans health care continues.
When the conference committee on VA-HUD funding convenes, the House
Republican leadership should keep its promise and restore the $1.8
billion, as called for by our nation's veterans' organizations.
health care system is in crisis. More than 100,000 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. How do Republicans respond? By drastically
under funding veterans health care by $1.8 billion.
Bush and House Republicans owe it to the men and women who defended
our country to keep their promise to provide the quality health
care that our veterans deserve and have earned. This should not
be a partisan issue.
fought to increase funding for veterans health care at every
opportunity in committee and on the House floor. We offered amendments
to increase veterans health care funding in committee. We
overwhelmingly voted on the House floor to increase the 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."