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Ryan, Molinaro parry over spending on veterans

May 23, 2023 12:51 pm

Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that Rep. Pat Ryan keeps insisting that Republicans are proposing to slash veteran services. Currently, Congress must approve a new debt ceiling to cover past spending, and instead of just approving the new limit as in the past, Republicans in the House of Representatives say they will only approve a new limit if there are massive spending cuts in the next budget. Ryan said, “Far-right, extreme Republicans in Washington have offered two bad options: either we default on the full faith and credit of the United States, which is unprecedented in our nation’s history, or we agree to their cruel cuts to veterans’ services.... These are the men and women who risked their lives for our country. American heroes I served with in Iraq who were told this country would always have their back. My response is simple: ‘Hell, no.’” Republican Rep. Marc Molinaro claims there will be no cuts to veterans services, saying, “Cuts to the veterans services and benefits are off the table.... The Limit, Save, Grow Act sets a topline number for the entire federal budget. It does not include cuts to the VA.” Molinaro did not say what spending cuts he is in favor of, or what cuts Republican negotiators are demanding of President Joe Biden's team. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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