Biden Refuses To Fund The VA?

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( – On Monday, the White House signaled that it was against the House Appropriations Committee bill that had been passed. The bill would provide funding to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and military construction. 

In a statement released by the White House Office of Management and Budget, it was noted that the bill can be perceived as “partisan” as it is targeting abortion access and LGBTQ Americans. It is also noted that these partisan provisions were going to have extreme consequences on the LGBTQ community, reproductive rights, climate change, and even marriage equality. 

The Republican-led Appropriations Committee passed on May 23 the more than $147 billion legislation in order to fund military construction and the VA. The bill had ended up passing along party lines in a 34-25 vote. 

White House officials have accused Republicans of wasting time with this partisan bill. 

Appropriations Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) who is a supporter of the bill, has praised its passing arguing that it is evidence of their dedication to the Americans and their families who have been serving the nation and ensuring the country’s defense. 

Funding bills have become a major issue between the Republicans and the Democrats since last year and while many committees are avoiding pushing forward similar battles, this bill includes partisan provisions including the prohibition of the closing or realignment of Guantanamo Bay. President Biden had previously moved towards having the facility closed and having some of the detainees returned home. However, this new bill could potentially interfere with Biden’s plan. 

The White House has suggested that Biden will veto the bill.

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