Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement after voting in support of the Honoring Our Promise to America's Veterans Act (H.J.Res. 72) and the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (H.R. 3230). H.J.Res. 72 passed the House by a vote of 259-157 with 224 Republicans and 35 Democrats voting in favor. H.R. 3230 was approved by a vote of 265-160 with the support of 229 Republicans and 36 Democrats.
"Today, I voted in support of legislation to provide funding for veterans benefits and ensure that members of our National Guard and Reserves receive pay. Earlier this week, the Senate passed the House's Pay Our Military Act to guarantee our Armed Forces, who protect and defend America, will be paid during this partial government shutdown. I see no reason why the Senate should not pass these bipartisan bills as well to pay Guard and Reserve members and make certain that our veterans, who have served this nation bravely, do not have to worry about whether or not their benefits will be available."