Democratic Congress Had to Fight Bush All the Way on the Veterans Funding Bill
Last week this House passed a final veterans funding bill that provides the largest investment in veterans health care in the 77-year history of the V-A. Congress initially passed this legislation over the opposition of President Bush and his administration.
Back in June, then Bush Budget Director Rob Portman said "that Bush will veto the homeland security measure, as well as an even more generous bill funding veterans' health programs and construction at military bases."
One week later, when this House was about to vote on the legislation, the White House sent over a letter saying that planned increases to veterans were "excessive."
And then in August, the President directed his V-A Secretary to send Congress a letter letting them know that Veterans didn't really need the $3.7 billion we had included over the President's request.
It is clear that, until recently, President Bush and his administration did NOT believe we should fulfill our promises to our nation's veterans. The president's paper trail is clear, and had it not been for this Democratic Congress our veterans would not now be one step closer to this historic funding increase. It is going to happen.