Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) urges its members and all veterans to contact their senators and ask them to support an amendment to S. 1982 (formerly S. 1950), the “Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014,” that would make all programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) advance appropriations.
The amendment is being offered by Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), both members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The Boozman-Begich amendment is very similar to their bill that they introduced together—S. 932, the “Putting Veterans Funding First Act.” The amendment reflects one of the highest legislative priorities of Paralyzed Veterans of America
Currently S. 1982 provides advance appropriations authority for VA’s mandatory funding accounts (compensation and pension, education benefits, dependency and indemnity compensation, etc.) to ensure that in the event of a future government shutdown, veterans’ benefits payments would not be delayed or put in jeopardy. The need for this change was revealed during the partial government shutdown that occurred in October 2013. However, all of the discretionary accounts (with the exception of VA health care that is already advance appropriated) were left out of the original bill. Without adoption of this amendment, many vital functions of VA, to include claims processing, burials, and research will continue to face severe negative consequences.
The Senate is expected to take up S. 1982 and any amendments, to include the Boozman-Begich amendment, later in the week of February 10-14. We urge Paralyzed Veterans members and veterans to contact your senators and ask them to support the Boozman-Begich amendment to S. 1982.
If you do not have the office phone number for your senator, please contact the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be directed to your senator’s office or visit this web page to find your senator's contact information. If you have additional questions about this legislation, please contact our Government Relations Department at 800-424-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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