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Chairman Bost: “Veterans are not political pawns to advance a political agenda.”

Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.) delivered the following remarks, as prepared, during debate on H.R. 2811, the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, in response to Democrats’ continued spread of false claims that this bill will impact the delivery of VA healthcare and cut veterans’ benefits:

Thank you, Chairman Smith.

And thank you, Mr. Speaker.

There’s a lot of talk from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle about this bill cutting veterans’ benefits.

As the only veteran amongst the 4 V.A. Committee leaders responsible for ensuring that veterans have the care and services they have earned, when I tell you I’m prioritizing veterans, I mean it.

I don’t know how much clearer Speaker McCarthy, Chairwoman Granger, and myself could be.

The White House and Democrats’ know that we can get our fiscal house in order while still ensuring that our servicemembers and veterans are taken care of.

And yet, with no regard for the impact of their words, they continue to spread malarkey about House Republicans “cutting veterans’ benefits.”

That’s false.

And it’s dangerous rhetoric.

Simply put, they are playing politics with our veterans. Veterans are not political pawns to advance a political agenda.

C.B.O. says that the Limit, Save, Grow Act will grow the economy and save American taxpayers money, which is a good thing.

Because at the end of the day, veterans – like all Americans – are taxpayers too.

So if you believe in building an America that is worthy of our veterans’ selfless sacrifice, I urge you to stop playing politics, come to the table, and support this bill.

I yield back.
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