Rep. Green gives statement in opposition to H.J. Res. 72 - Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution
On October 2, 2013, Congressman Gene Green issued a statement in the Congressional Record to voice his opposition to H.J. Res. 72, the Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution. The piecemeal approach would cut $6 billion from the VA budget that was approved by Congress in June 2013.
Congressman Green voted in favor of the original budget, H.R. 2216, and was one of 197 Democrats and 1 Republican that voted against the reduced budget. A copy of his statement is below:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.J. Res. 72, the partisan resolution that would cut over $6 billion from our nation’s veterans.
There are many issues that divide our two parties. One of the issues that has always received bipartisan support is supporting our nation’s heroes and their families.
Unfortunately, due to the extreme views of some in the Majority, this chamber is now considering a resolution which would cut $6.2 billion from the VA and excludes funding for several VA programs which are vital to the thousands of veterans in my district, including national veterans’ cemeteries, VA construction, and grants for state veterans homes and state cemeteries.
Mr. Speaker, our nation’s veterans deserve better and I call on this chamber to demand a vote to fully fund the VA for the entire year.
Every day that goes by without providing full appropriations for the VA is another day that our veterans are being harmed and denied the support and services they paid for in blood, sweat, and sacrifice.
Thank you and I yield the balance of my time.