Friday, July 10, 2009

House Passes Boost in Veterans’ Spending

CQ TODAY MIDDAY UPDATE July 10, 2009 – 1:56 p.m.
The House on Friday passed a $133.7 billion spending bill that boosts funding for veterans benefits in fiscal 2010 and includes some advance funding for fiscal 2011.
The measure, which passed 415-3, also contains funding for military construction projects and other activities of the Veterans Affairs Department. About $77.9 billion of the funding is discretionary spending appropriated by Congress; the rest is mandatory funding for veterans’ disability benefits and other entitlements.

“With passage of this fiscal year 2010 bill, the Congress will have increased veterans health care and benefits funding by 58 percent in the past two and a half years. This is an unprecedented increase in Congress’ commitment to veterans, and in my book, our veterans have earned every dime of this funding,” said Chet Edwards , D-Texas, the chairman of the Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.

1 comment:

  1. I have heard that students and even some faculty are still calling our veterans "baby killers" on the HSU Campus. I find this disgusting. Hate the war not the soldier.
    Sure there are some rouge units in the military, but for the most part they are just doing their duty.
    Anyone that takes out their frustration on our troops or veterans because of poor leadership from the top has misplaced anger. Blame Bush and Obama, not the guy or gal that feels a duty to serve our country. With real leadership, these are some of the finest servants a country could have.
    Get real and find out why we attacked countries that did not attack us. 9/11 changed everything. The investigation into what happened that day received less funding and time than the feds have spent in Humboldt County looking for weeds in the last 2 and a half years. Where are our priorities? Where is your anger focused?
    Get educated and challenge authority, not servants.


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