Lawmakers: VA Expecting $2.6 Billion Shortfall
After the last year or so of scandal and outrage over the lack of care for our veterans through the Veterans Administration, the administration have announced a $2.6 billion shortfall.
U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers declare this further proof that the new administrators at the VA aren’t serious about getting their house in order. The VA says that they are doing more than ever before and therefore need more money.
And here is the worst part: They think that number could get bigger!
“I have come to expect a startling lack of transparency and accountability from VA over the last years,” said committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. “But failing to inform Congress of a multibillion-dollar funding deficit until this late in the fiscal year … is disturbing on an entirely different level.”
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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.
And it could get bigger.
It also could mean furloughs, hiring freezes and program cancellations if a solution can’t be found.