News that Minnesota GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has issued a budget-cutting proposal that includes cuts to veterans' disability benefits drew a quick response from 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz who served 24 years in the National Guard.
The Mankato Democrat issued the following statement:
“We have to have an aggressive, long-term plan to tackle our nation’s debt, but attempting to balance the budget on the backs of veterans who have risked life and limb in service of our country is unacceptable. I believe we can and should work together to find reasonable and common-sense cuts that will reduce our debt, but as a generation of warriors returns from two wars, our most solemn responsibility is to make sure they have the care and benefits they have earned.”
Bachmann posted on her website a proposal to trim $400 billion in federal spending. That includes $4.5 billion in savings by freezing Department of Veterans Affairs heath care spending and reducing veterans' disability benefits. The proposal is also getting criticized by some veterans groups.
On her website, Bachmann writes, "I’m calling for Congress to do the hard work of making real and necessary cuts in federal spending. I have put the following list on the table for discussion and I’m calling on other members of Congress to do the same."