Washington Post Fact-Checker Destroys Biden’s Ridiculous VA Budget Cut Claims

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The Washington Post took the Biden White House to task for falsely claiming the Limit, Save, Grow Act passed by the House GOP last week would cut veterans’ benefits.

The bill suspends the nation’s debt ceiling through March 2024 or until the debt increases by $1.5 trillion, whichever comes first, in exchange for setting fiscal year 2024 discretionary federal spending at FY 2022 levels.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday, “Their bill would cut 81,000 jobs from the [Department of Veterans Affairs], reducing outpatient visits by 30 million, and increase the disability claims backlog by an estimated 134,000.”

Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler pointed out the Limit, Save, Grow Act makes no such specific cuts. It simply states that the discretionary spending level for FY 2024 would be $1.47 trillion rather than the $1.65 trillion enacted for FY 2023.

The Biden administration then made the assumption that Republicans would cut funding across all federal agencies equally — exempting military spending — which would require about a 22 percent reduction.

Based on this assumption, the VA issued a news release on April 21 warning a cut at that level would mean “30 million fewer Veteran outpatient visits, and 81,000 jobs lost across the Veterans Health Administration.”

Kessler noted Republicans have already stated that VA spending would be exempted.

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