Congressman criticizes Republican policy

June 26, 2004 at 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Congressman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said Saturday Democrats are fighting to improve benefits for veterans.

"We have accomplished much in the past 60 years. But we have to do more," Reyes said in a radio address. "That is why Democrats are fighting to improve health benefits for veterans, end the Widow's Tax and the Disabled Veterans' Tax, improve education benefits for reservists, speed up the processing of disability claims, and permanently block increases in the cost of veterans' health care as proposed by the Republicans."

Reyes also criticized Republican policy that he claimed "under-funds veterans' health care by $1 billion."

"What's worse is that the Bush Administration's plan for next year's budget includes a $900 million cut in funding for veterans' health care -- and conveniently for them, we won't see the budget until after the election," Reyes said.

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