21 Apr '15, 8pm

VA Secretary calls House budget plan too small, harmful for veterans $1.4B difference could force big

VA Secretary calls House budget plan too small, harmful for veterans $1.4B difference could force big

VA Secretary Bob McDonald. (Photo: AP) CONNECT 37 TWEET 3 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE VA Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday blasted a $1.4 billion shortfall in the House's budget proposal for fiscal 2016 as "inadequate" to maintain his department's reform and outreach efforts. "It will cause veterans to suffer," he told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "It means fewer veterans will get care." Last week, the House subcommittee that oversees the VA budget offered its first draft of the department's fiscal 2016 spending blueprint, a $163.2 billion plan that they touted as another healthy increase. But the plan would trim veterans health care programs by $690 million and cut the department's request for construction spending by half. McDonald called those plans "unacceptable" despite the other funding boosts in the plan. He said the health care cuts represent "th...

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