Legislators concerned after GOP budget proposal includes cuts to veterans’ benefits

Connecticut lawmakers plan to push back on a Republican debt plan.
Published: May. 3, 2023 at 5:38 AM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2023 at 7:01 AM EDT
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WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass a bill that would raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

The Republican-led bill would also cut federal spending; however, legislators said are concerned after hearing how an essential federal program will be affected.

Wednesday morning, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat, said she will talk about the impact of the proposed cuts to veterans programs.

DeLauro said the massive cuts would cap annual investments on which veterans and their families rely.

She said the budget proposal would delay payments for less than a year if Congress agrees to 10 years of cuts and caps to veterans’ annual investments.

According to DeLauro, the bill also takes away $2 billion in funding to support veterans, including vets’ health and earned benefits.

Since the “Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023″ passed, House Republicans took a stance.

In a tweet published by the White House, House Republicans said they did not vote to cut veteran’s benefits.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America published a letter to Congress that expressed concerns over the House Republicans’ bill.

The advocates said the proposal would endanger funding for Veterans Affairs and other veteran programs.

They claimed the bill’s language does not say the VA would be protected from the proposed budget reductions.

DeLauro scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Veteran’s Museum and Learning Center in West Haven to discuss potential veterans program cuts.

Rep. DeLauro says the massive cuts would cap annual investments that veterans and their families rely on