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Hoyer Says Bills Show Democrats'
Commitment to Veterans
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House passed seven bills designed to bring benefits and services for America’s veterans in line with their significant sacrifice:
“As Memorial Day approaches, it is important that we pay tribute to our nation’s veterans by providing them with the benefits they need and the support they deserve. The seven bills passed today are another down payment on this nation’s promise to honor our veterans with action that recognizes their great sacrifice.
“Today’s bills include long-overdue measures to ensure that veterans and military retirees have access to quality health services and are aware of their eligibility for these services. The legislative package passed today builds upon a strong veterans’ agenda already moved by the House this year, including last week’s passage of a budget resolution increasing funding for veterans’ programs by $6.7 billion over this year’s levels. Our budget provides the largest increase in veterans’ health care in the nation’s history and is supported by all of the major veterans’ service organizations.
“In addition, the House is expected later this week to approve a $2 billion installment of additional veterans funding that will fill the gap created by shortfalls in this year’s budget. And, the House has passed the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act requiring improvements to the military medical care system, as well as other measures to address traumatic brain injury and mental health needs, which are growing problems among returning veterans.
“Already, in the first five months of the 110th Congress, the new Democratic majority has followed through with our pledge to honor the nation’s commitment to our veterans. Our veterans who have honorably served our nation deserve nothing less than the support of a grateful nation, which recognizes their sacrifice in protecting freedom.”