BRADLEY WORKS TO ENSURE VETERANS RECEIVE ENTITLED BENEFITS
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Seeks answers from OMB Director on VA budget shortfall, cosponsors disability and life insurance benefit bills
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, during a House Budget Committee hearing on the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Mid-Session Review, First District Congressman Jeb Bradley questioned OMB Director Joshua Bolten about the budgetary shortfall confronting the Veterans' Administration (VA). The VA recently announced that it has a budgetary shortfall of nearly $1 billion for this fiscal year, the result of incorrect budget projections. The House of Representatives passed an emergency funding supplemental bill on July 1st to cover the shortfall.
"Our veterans, especially those returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, deserve top-quality health care. It is my hope that Congress and the Administration can continue to work together to ensure that the VA is properly forecasting its future budgetary needs so there are no lapses in care," stated Bradley, a member of the House Budget and Veterans' Affairs Committees.
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"Our nation's veterans have given so much in the fight for freedom. We must uphold our commitment to them by providing for cost-of-living adjustments and increases in life insurance coverage," concluded Bradley.