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Health Care System for Veterans

Location: Washington, DC

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR VETERANS -- (House of Representatives - November 06, 2007)

(Mr. ALTMIRE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. ALTMIRE. Madam Speaker, as we listen to the politicized rhetoric we are hearing from the other side today, let's keep one thing in mind; there is no group that will stand ahead of our Nation's veterans when it comes time for this Congress to make Federal funding decisions.

This Congress, after years and years of underfunding the VA, this Congress added $13 billion of increased funding to the Veterans Affairs health care system. It's the largest increase in the 77-year history of the VA health care system. We are going to send that bill to the President, and if he chooses to veto it, we have the opportunity to override it. I can guarantee you that the Democrats in this House are going to vote to override it.

Madam Speaker, you tell me who is responsible if the veterans don't receive their funding on time.

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