Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had proposed deep cuts to veterans’ services in her plan announced last month to cut $450 billion from the federal budget over five years.
But that $4.5 billion in VA cuts caused an uproar among military and vets’ groups. So in response to the resulting outcry, Bachmann said today on her website that the vets’ cuts are off the table.
While she still believes the nation’s debt is too high and spending is out of hand, she noted:
“One point on my discussion list was a $4.5 billion proposal that would affect payments made to our veterans. That discussion point has received a lot of attention and I have decided to remove it from consideration. The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes. I have always been a proud supporter of the United States military and I continue to stand with our veterans. In the months ahead I look forward to working with our Veterans Service Organizations to ensure that we fulfill our commitments to those who sacrificed so much in their brave service for our country.”