Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement on the introduction of legislation that would fund the Department of Veterans at Fiscal Year 2013 levels until January1, 2015 or until an appropriation bill is signed into law:
“House Republicans rightly acted four times to avoid a government shutdown and protect Americans from the harmful effects of Obamacare. While Senator Harry Reid continues to refuse to come to the table, this bill makes sure our veterans are taken care of while Congress works to hammer out a final bill.
Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed much on behalf of their nation. While the House passed a Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bill to ensure the full operation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, unfortunately the Senate has failed to pass even one appropriations bill through regular order. Our veterans should not suffer because the U.S. Senate is unable to get their work done.
Much like the recent bill signed into law to continue military pay during a government shutdown, this bill is responsible, simple, non-controversial and deserves immediate consideration. Now it is time to ensure certainty for our nation’s veterans who have already sacrificed so much for our nation. There is no reason why we cannot pass these non-controversial bills right now.”
This bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs at FY13 levels through Jan 1, 2015 or until the House and Senate reach an agreement.
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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