By Thomas Madison
The Barack Hussein administration certainly has its priorities all akilter, and is in no way apologetic for it.
While our Veterans’ Administration is facing a $2.6 billion shortfall this fiscal year, which will reduce healthcare services for our veterans, Hussein is spending $4.5 billion to take care of Syrian refugees. No consultation with Congress. Simply open the people’s checkbook (funded with borrowed money) and stroke the check!
We can’t afford to take care of Syrian refugees! Why aren’t the oil rich countries and emirates of the Middle East helping their fellow Muslims?
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It also could mean furloughs, hiring freezes and program cancellations if a solution can’t be found.
“We are going to do the right thing for veterans and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Thursday. “But to succeed, we need the flexibility to use funds to meet veterans needs as they arise.”
Without that, he said, “we get to dire circumstances before August. We will have to start denying care to some veterans.”
Lawmakers were enraged that the department is only now informing them of significant shortfalls in this year’s budget, with the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
“I have come to expect a startling lack of transparency and accountability from VA over the last years,” said committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. “But failing to inform Congress of a multibillion-dollar funding deficit until this late in the fiscal year … is disturbing on an entirely different level.”
Source: Military Times
Meanwhile, back at the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will direct $4.5 billion to help address the dire conditions inside Syria and in refugee camps scattered across the region.
The money will come through the U.S. Agency for International Development and Congress will not have to approve the additional spending.
So, the Veterans face a $2.6 Billion shortfall in their health care, but the While House and Congress have found a whopping $4.5 Billion to ship over to help Syrians who are overrunning Europe.
Priorities are definitely in order at the White House and in the halls of Congress.