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AMVETS Calls on Congress to Provide the Full Fiscal-Year Appropriation for All Veterans Programs


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"AMVETS"
--AND THE OTHER CO-AUTHORS OF "THE INDEPENDENT BUDGET"--ARE CALLING ON BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROVIDE THE FULL FISCAL-YEAR APPROPRIATION FOR ALL VETERANS-PROGRAMS.  ANDREW KEIRN [LIKE "KERN"] IS A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE ORGANIZATION...

(KEIRN):
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THE SHUTDOWN HAS STOPPED WORK ON THE MORE-THAN-250-THOUSAND 'V-A'-APPEALS THAT ARE CURRENTLY AWAITING ADJUDICATION.  IN ADDITION, COMPENSATION-, PENSION-, AND EDUCATION-BENEFITS ARE IN JEOPARDY OF NOT BEING PAID.  HOWEVER, FUNDING THE OPERATIONS THROUGH SHORT-TERM 'CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS'--OR OTHER STOPGAP-MEASURES--AREN'T ACCEPTABLE SOLUTIONS:  THAT'S PARTLY BECAUSE THEY PREVENT THE 'V-A' FROM STARTING OR EXPANDING CRITICAL PROGRAMS--AND ALSO DISRUPT OR DELAY VITAL RESEARCH- AND CONSTRUCTION-PROJECTS.  WE URGE BOTH HOUSES TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD EXTEND ADVANCE-APPROPRIATIONS TO ALL 'V-A' DISCRETIONARY AND MANDATORY APPROPRIATIONS-ACCOUNTS.  WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE CONGRESS LEVERAGING VETERANS' HEALTH AND WELLBEING, TO ACHIEVE UNRELATED POLITICAL-ENDS; ITS OBLIGATION TO VETERANS DOESN'T START IN THE 11TH-HOUR OF A NATIONAL CRISIS."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "AMVETS"-DOT-ORG.



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