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Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Brings $64.7 Bill Funding Veterans- But Bush May Try to Kill It

15 June 2007 at 5:04:03 AM

because Bush, unlike Chet Edwards, who is Bush's and our congressman in our district, only pays lip service to veterans.

Almost two decades after pledging to take care of veterans, Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards finally has built enough seniority in Congress to fulfill his promise.

Edwards used his post as an appropriations subcommittee chairman to deliver a $64.7 billion bill funding veterans and military construction programs to the House that is scheduled for vote this week.

The bill provides $43.2 billion for Veterans Affairs, $6.7 billion more than provided in 2007 and the largest single increase for Veterans Affairs in its 77-year history, he said.

But the bill also sets up a possible faceoff for Edwards with his most famous constituent, President Bush, who has threatened to veto all the appropriations bills because they exceed his spending requests.

It's a threat that Edwards called "ill advised" while he stood at an outdoor news conference flanked by about a dozen representatives of veterans groups, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

"By the time the White House hears from thousands of veterans throughout the country that are outraged by a veto of historic funding levels ... they will back off the veto threat," Edwards said.

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