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Larson on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill

May 1, 2015
Press Release

Washington – This week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for the Fiscal Year 2016, which makes unprecedented cuts to veterans’ services:

“No one wants to see the courageous men and women who’ve sacrificed so much for our country under-funded or under-served. Unfortunately, that will be the result of the latest misguided funding bill passed in the House of Representatives. This bill fails to make critical investments to improve medical care or update outmoded VA facilities. Drastic reductions to the FY 2016 budget request from the VA will only slow the process of correcting the tragic errors that came to light last summer, which cost some veterans their health and lives. Many of the most prominent veterans’ service organizations publicly expressed very serious concerns with these cuts. They understand that in order to move beyond mistakes from the past, we need to make smart investments to improve care in the future.”

John Hollis, former Senior State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) added, “I’m very grateful to Congressman Larson for all he’s done on behalf of veterans, and I’m pleased to see him take a position to support the 1% of brave Americans who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms.”