Democrats Request More Money For Vets

Washington (AP) -- Democrats are accusing the Bush Administration of putting a higher priority on tax cuts than veterans' health care.

In the party's weekly radio address, Congressman Chet Edwards of Texas calls it fortunate that the President backed off a threat to veto a spending bill for veterans affairs.

The bill totals more than $64 billion, including a $6 billion increase for veterans' health care. That's close to $4 billion more than bush had requested in his budget.

The Texas Democrat says the white house came around to the idea of extra spending "only after it was clear" a veto would be overturned.

Edwards says the money will fund more doctors and nurses and reduce waiting times. He says it's needed to help veterans with traumatic brain injury, mental health problems and missing limbs.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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