Supporting Veterans

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders told leaders of the national Veterans of Foreign Wars that the United States must not shirk its duty to men and women in uniform. A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Sanders said the Department of Veterans Affairs budget proposed by President Bush would barely keep up with inflation. The president's spending plan, meanwhile, would extend billions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthy. "The president's budget for

At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders told leaders of the national Veterans of Foreign Wars that the United States must not shirk its duty to men and women in uniform. A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Sanders said the Department of Veterans Affairs budget proposed by President Bush would barely keep up with inflation. The president's spending plan, meanwhile, would extend billions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthy. "The president's budget for VA does not reflect a sense of urgency, it does not reflect a sense that we are at war and that part of the cost of war is paying for the care of our veterans," Sanders said.

After years of shortchanging veterans, Congress last year allocated $43 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Veterans Affairs, $3.6 billion more than the president requested and 13 percent more than the year before. This year, the president requested $44.8 billion, which is only a 4 percent increase, but Congress is all but certain to raise the amount.

To watch the senator at the Veterans' Affairs Committee, click here.