Jun 292005

Bush and the Repubs really know how to support the troops.

As President Bush continues to speak about doing everything we can to support our troops, his administration finally "acknowledged that it had significantly underestimated veterans health care funds needed for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1." Now, with war injuries mounting, Congress is working furiously on "legislation to provide around $1.5 billion in ’emergency’ funds for veterans’ health care programs" as a response to the estimated $2.1 billion budget shortfall. The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee pointed out that this last minute maneuvering could have been avoided if the administration had spoken up during the writing of the fiscal 2006 veterans bill: "It borders on stupidity. I think someone was hoping they could hide the ball for a while."

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