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Bruce Braley Silent as Senate Democrats Block Bipartisan Veterans’ Funds

(Via NRSC) Yesterday, the Senate finally followed the lead of the House of Representatives and passed a bill to provide death benefits to the families of men and women killed while on active duty during the government shutdown. It was the right thing to do.

Iowans don’t expect their elected officials to agree on everything, but surely many of the important funding measures that have overwhelming bipartisan agreement should not be held up while the rest of the issues are worked out.

But what about the other bipartisan funding bills that the House passed to fund critical portions of the government during the shutdown? As CNN’s Dana Bash noted on Twitter, it is a slippery slope for Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to prioritize one group over another.

Bruce Braley supported several of the House passed bills to fund critical government programs.  Unfortunately, Braley has been silent and accepting of Harry Reid and other Senate Democrats blocking over a dozen different measures to fund key government programs and operations where there is unanimous agreement, such as:

  • Funding veterans’ benefits and services
  • Funding the National Institutes of Health, which is responsible for lifesaving medical innovations and cancer research
  • Paying federal employees that are working through the shutdown
  • Immediate funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Head Start funding for Low-Income Children

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