President Obama did not cut $2.6 billion
from programs for veterans
gave a like amount to support Syrian refugees in the U.S.
The $2.6 billion figure cited here
did not represent money
from veterans’ programs by President Obama
(or anyone else);
it was the amount of an unexpected budget
House panel supports closing VA’s $2.6 billion funding gap
Dr. James Tuchschmidt, interim principal deputy undersecretary
for health at the Veterans Health Administration;
VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson;
and Edward Murray,
the VA’s interim chief financial officer,
prepare to testify at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing in Washington,
June 25, 2015.
Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
reported by the
Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2015,
a potential crisis that Congress worked to stave off:
Despite harsh criticism,
a House oversight committee said
it supports giving the Department of Veterans Affairs
spending flexibility to head off a $2.6 billion financial shortfall this year.