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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Senate Republicans Vote Down $1.5B in Veterans Health Care

Yesterday, Senate Republicans voted along party lines against a Democratic budget amendment introduced by Senators Patty Murray (WA) and Daniel Akaka (HI) which would have:

  • Provided $231 million in transition assistance help for Iraq War veterans;
  • Increased support for PTSD and mental healthcare by providing an additional $321 million;
  • Expanded veteran support clinics by providing $81 million to expand Vet Centers around the country to provide daily support and assistance to veterans;
  • Eliminated new fees and co-payments by providing $825 million to roll back a Bush administration plan to raise fees and co-payments on veterans who seek VA healthcare;
  • Provided $42 million to expand residential rehabilitation services for veterans.
Feel free and contact your Senators if you'd like to voice your opinion on this issue.

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