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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

   By Senators Hartwell and Sears,

     S.R. 13.  Senate resolution requesting Congress to enact legislation to assure federal funding for veterans' health care.

Whereas, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides medical care for veterans, including men and women, who have risked their lives to protect the security of our nation, and

Whereas, Congress appropriates funding for VA health care each year as part of the discretionary federal budget, and

Whereas, each year’s federal budget for veterans’ health care has been very seriously under-funded, and

Whereas, this serious and now chronic shortfall affects the access to and the quality of medical care services that the VA provides for our veterans, and

Whereas, the priority of serving veterans must be absolute and irrevocable, and must serve as the foundation for the VA and of our nation’s public policy, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont urgently requests that Congress enact legislation to assure Federal funding for veterans’ health care and be it further

Resolved:  That Governor Douglas also request that Congress enact legislation to assure Federal funding for veterans’ health care, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor, the President, the Vice President, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, James Nicholson; Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi; House Minority Leader, John Boehner; Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid; Senate Minority Leader, Trent Lott; to the members of the Vermont Congressional delegation; and to Vermont veterans organizations.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont