Washington, DC – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of legislation that would fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and allow for National Guardsmen to receive their pay during this lapse in government operations:
"Today, the House passed two important bills that would allow for the immediate availability of mandatory funds for our veterans – including disability payments, GI Bill, and education assistance – and also fund our personnel in the National Guard and Reserves. These bills are the latest proposals offered by the House of Representatives to fund the operations of the government during this difficult time.
"The House is working to fund the critical operations of the federal government, while the Senate simply refuses to negotiate. Crucial funding for our deserving veterans should not lapse because the Senate refuses to come to the negotiating table and work to find a solution to this suspension in federal government. The Senate Majority Leader's insistence on unfair carve-outs for Washington special interests and Members of Congress in the President's healthcare law is an unacceptable reason to refuse to compromise.
"I remain committed to working to find agreement for funding the operations of the federal government, and it is my sincere hope that the Senate will join the House in working to end this terrible situation."