The Military Times reports that veterans’ groups are calling U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s proposal to freeze military veterans’ health care funding and cut their disability benefits “astonishing” “ill-advised,” “wrong-headed,” and “nothing short of heartless.”
Bachmann’s plan to slash $4.5 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budget are included in her package of $400 billion in government spending cuts proposed to avoid increasing the $14.3 trillion federal debt ceiling.
Bachmann’s plan is posted on her official Congressional website.
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s proposal to freeze health care funding for veterans drew a sharp rebuke from veterans groups. (Photo credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press)
By Rick Maze
January 28, 2011
Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans’ disability benefits. …
By Rick Maze
January 28, 2011
A proposal [by Rep. Michele Bachmann] to cut $4.5 billion from Veterans Affairs Department health programs to reduce government spending has earned a quick, sharp rebuke from major veterans groups. …
By Mark Sommerhauser
St. Cloud Times
February 5, 2011
After an outcry from veterans groups, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has backed off her suggestion that Congress consider cutting veterans’ benefits. …
[Bachmann's proposal to trim the federal deficit by cutting veterans' benefits] drew criticism from veterans groups such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, the Times reported Thursday [link added]. It also triggered phone calls to Bachmann, said her spokeswoman, Becky Rogness.
In a statement Friday on her website, Bachmann wrote she’s removing the veterans’ cuts from consideration.
“The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes,” Bachmann wrote. …
Rogness said Bachmann’s office didn’t study how a cap on VA health spending would affect the St. Cloud VA center. …
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