Congress is pointing fingers and blaming the VA for lack of transparency and lack of accountability. The VA is crying that they have no flexibility in how they spend funds. It doesn’t matter who or what is to blame for this shortfall, the fact is, vets can’t get the care they need.
Meanwhile, across the ocean there’s a humanity crisis of epic proportions with millions of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country.
Americans have always came to the rescue of the vulnerable in this world. But maybe we should concentrate on fixing the crisis at home.
You can read the frustrating story below.
House lawmakers say the Veterans Affairs Department’s $2.6 billion budget shortfall for this fiscal year is further proof of administrators’ incompetence and poor planning.
VA officials have a slightly different take, saying the shortfall is a sign of their extraordinary efforts to get veterans the medical care they need, regardless of the cost.
Either way, the department has a gigantic deficit to fill in the next three months.
Yes, it could get bigger.
It also could mean furloughs, hiring freezes and program cancellations if a solution can’t be found…
…Meanwhile, back at the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will direct $4.5 billion to help address the dire conditions inside Syria and in refugee camps scattered across the region…
…So, the Veterans face a $2.6 Billion shortfall in their health care, but the While House and Congress have found a whopping $4.5 Billion to ship over to help Syrians who are overrunning Europe.
Priorities are definitely in order at the White House and in the halls of Congress.