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February 7, 2016

No Vacation Until Congress Fixes VA, Democrats Demand

UNITED STATES - MARCH 26: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the news conference on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on legislation that would restore "the long-standing interpretation of the 'Wire Act'" and would reverse the Justice Department's 2011 decision expand online gaming. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Iraq veteran Gabbard is one of 116 lawmakers demanding that Congress pass a Veterans Affairs reform bill before the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A group of 116 Democrats on Friday sent a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner and to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging the congressional leaders to keep Congress in session until both chambers can agree on a Veterans Affairs reform bill.

Efforts to marry divergent reform bills in the House and Senate broke down Thursday with little more than a week left before Congress is scheduled to leave for a month-long recess.

See the full text of the letter here.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    There are STILL three million unemployed workers, with families , who are STILL without an unemployment extension of benefits, since last December. While the republican senate vigorously fought on behalf of the Koch Brother’s oil pipeline bill to be passed, they totally ignored and delayed the passing of the unemployment extension bill , that would have greatly helped millions of these families living in financial ruin and poverty. Our government recently passed an foreign aid bill for the Ukraine, worth Billions of tax payer dollars. There is also a bill to pass a 2.6 BILLION dollar bill for the thousands of migrant children pouring into our country on a daily basis, customs or our defense. Why is it so difficult for our government to help our own citizens right here in our own country? Why is there no money to help these unemployed families who lost their benefits seven months ago, and are still struggling to survive ever since? How can the republicans refuse to help Americans, but give our money away like it belongs to themselves? These Americans are in desperate need, and can not be ignored anymore. Even our own veterans matter little to our government. Look at their healthcare they have received. We treat illegal migrants better than our veterans..

    • Layla

      We call them future Democrats.

  • Packard27

    The problem is that Democrats (along with other members of the “Washington DC/Wall Street Patriot” class) define fixing the VA as simply throwing more money at a systemically failed system. Moreover, no one should expect anyone to ever lose their jobs at the VA, much less return any of the fraudulently awarded bonus money given over the past five years.

    If the 2008 winless Detroit Lions (0-16) were a government agency, the Washington DC solution would be to first resign every failed coach and underperforming player on the team and then give them all pay raises in hopes that their losing ways might somehow change.

    You want to fix the VA? Disband (privatize) the entire VA hospital service and then give our veterans unfettered access to the same type of private care now available to congress and Fortune 500 management. Lastly, congress and President Obama should both stop reenforcing the failure that is the VA. The system as it exists today is both a national disgrace and an insult to the American people.

  • docb

    How about they get off their flabby gop bag rear and work more than 114 days a year doing the business of the PEOPLE not the corporations! The VA is a betrayal of the soldiers the repubs sent to war on false pretenses…that are coming home to the gop bag failure to take care of them as promised!

    Call these repub fools out.
    1.866.338.1015 or 1.866.220.0044

    • opinionated1234

      Wrong!!! the Democrats and the President are to blame for not closing the border and for the special sweetheart deal he gave to the unions and the illegals!

      • docb

        BS..We have more Border guards than ever and the President has deported 2 million undocumented…

        The koolaide is only playing with the low IQ gaggle of the rabid right.. Pull your head out of the fog of propaganda..

        • Layla

          You must be sitting on yours. Check the HHS website and see where they are going….to towns and cities all over America WITHOUT NOTIFICATION OR PERMISSION.

          We will NOT forget on Election Day.

  • Layla

    If anybody leaves town before our borders are secure, I will be voting you OUT OF OFFICE in November, or 2016, or 2018.

  • Mark Hammel

    In this YouTube video we find liberal communistic democrat Bernie Sanders praising the anarchists of the “Occupy” domestic insurrection:

  • Ed Vice

    In a related article we find Debbie Wasserman-Schwartz’s lies exposed:

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