Background: Despite reaching a bipartisan compromise on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Congress has failed to provide full-year appropriation for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because of political differences. To avoid another government shutdown Congress now plans to consider a continuing resolution, which would fund the federal government at current levels.
While stop-gap appropriations may work for other federal agencies, a continuing resolution fails to provide VA the resources it needs to meet increased health care demands and delivery of benefits. A continuing resolution would also severely limit VA’s ability to eliminate the appeals backlog, which would force veterans to wait longer for a decision on their disability compensation claims.
Take Action: Contact your members of Congress and tell them to prioritize veterans over political infighting and pass a full-year funding bill for VA instead of an insufficient stop-gap continuing resolution.