Biden To Veto VA Funding For Child Care, Homes, Health, Etc

Jun 4, 2024

President Joe Biden is expected to veto a bill from House Republicans that is designed to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs through the 2025 fiscal year.

The White House Office of Management and Budget said Monday that its members strongly oppose H.R. 8580 because the language within the bill would “result in deep cuts to law enforcement, education, housing, healthcare, consumer safety, energy programs that lower utility bills and combat climate change, and essential nutrition services,” according to those who run the department.

“Similar to last year, H.R. 8580 includes numerous, partisan policy provisions with devastating consequences, including harming access to reproductive healthcare, threatening the health and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex Americans, endangering marriage equality, hindering critical climate change initiatives, and preventing the administration from promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Biden’s anonymous administrative workers wrote. (LEARN MORE: POLL: Senior’s Top Health Concern Is The Economy)

The House Favors The Bill

The bill initially passed the House Appropriations Committee in a 34 to 25 vote in May. “It addresses critical security challenges in the Pacific while ensuring our heroes receive the care they deserve,” Texas Republican Rep. John Carter said of the bill, according to Newsmax. “By fully funding veterans’ healthcare and investing in quality-of-life improvements such as housing and child care, we uphold our promise to support those who serve.” (LEARN MORE: Left-Wing Donors Paid Terrorist Group More Than $3.3M)

“We’ve fully funded healthcare and benefits for our veterans and ensured the quality of life of our troops and their loved ones are prioritized,” Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole echoed. “We also enhance America’s commitment to peace through strength by investing in key deterrence efforts in the Indo-Pacific.”

Message To Our Allies And Enemies

“The Biden Administration’s veto threat sends a terrible signal to our nation’s allies and adversaries alike. The President’s push toward radical and woke policies is a continuing threat to our national security. His agenda is changing the focus of our military, undermining our readiness, and rejecting the promises made to our veterans. He must reverse course so we can again prioritize America’s strength and safety,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said following the Biden administration’s decision to abandon the bill.

This is what the current administration didn’t like in the bill:

• Sections 113 and 412 of the bill, which would prohibit the closure or realignment of United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, or the construction or modification of facilities in the U.S. to house transferred Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility detainees.

• Section 255 of the bill, which would prevent the VA from using funds to implement, administer, or otherwise carry out the final rule published on March 4, which expanded access to abortion counseling and abortion under limited circumstances for certain veterans and VA beneficiaries.

• Section 256 of the bill, which would bar the VA from using funds to provide hormone therapies and surgical procedures for gender transition-related procedures.

• Section 259 of the bill, which would prevent the VA from carrying out a departmental directive designed to ensure most Veterans Health Administration healthcare personnel receive COVID-19 vaccines.

• Section 261 of the bill, which would prohibit the VA from reporting a person determined to be mentally incompetent during the VA benefits evaluation process without the order or determination of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority.

• Section 257 of the bill, which would bar using funds to display any but the listed flags, including flags showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex veterans and American citizens.

• Section 416 of the bill, which would prevent using funds earmarked by the bill or in previous appropriations acts to take “discriminatory action” regarding persons who do not support same-sex marriage due to a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”

Do You Want Lawmakers To Support Our Troops?

Our nation is at a crossroads, dealing with pivotal issues that directly impact your daily lives – from ensuring fair and secure elections to fighting against inflation and advocating for secure borders. The strength of our community, the rights of our parents, and the protection of girls’ sports are not just political issues; they are the fabric of our society. It’s time to take a stand against crime, reform our institutions, and ensure the prosperity and security of our nation. (LEARN MORE: State Finds County Violated Election Law In 2022)

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