Sen. Landrieu On Emergency Supplemental Appropriation For Veterans Affairs
WASHINGTON -- Tonight, the United States Senate passed a $1.5 billion emergency supplemental appropriation to ensure that veterans' medical programs continue. The funding will help bail out the Department of Veterans Affairs which last week revealed a $1 billion budget deficit. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., who is a cosponsor of the amendment, released the following statement.
"I am relieved that we were able to provide the funding necessary to give our veterans the medical care they deserve; however, I am deeply troubled that the Bush administration even allowed this problem to occur.
"The Senate has kept the doors open to our VA hospitals this year, but we must also make certain our government never again threatens to close those doors. In order to prevent this tragedy from happening again, we cannot make permanent President Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy when funding for our military and their families is already stretched so thin. We must ensure our troops have the resources they need to win in the field, and that our veterans have the health care they need here at home. These brave men and women have sacrificed so much for our nation, the very least we can do is give them the benefits and support they have earned in defense of our freedom."