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Capitol Health Call
November 12, 2003

Senate Considers VA Request

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2396. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2396-a

Veterans groups have expressed outrage at the cutting of $1.8 billion in fiscal year 2004 appropriations for the Veterans Administration (VA), and are calling on the Senate to restore the funds.

In April, the House of Representatives agreed to provide the VA with $27 billion; however, when the body passed the appropriations bill in late July, some $1.8 billion was missing.

"How can [Congress] possibly cut veterans health care funds as America's men and women are fighting and dying every day in the war on terrorism?" asked Richard Conley, national commander of the American Legion, which claims 2 million former service members.