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Two veterans' advocacy groups are backing a push from House Republicans to prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from buying luxury artwork, after controversy erupted over reports that the VA has spent significant funds on decorations. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., this month called on the VA to stop buying artwork, and cited the 70,000 veterans who continue to face "unreasonable delays" when attempting to obtain medical care from the embattled agency. Comment?
"We cannot privatize and outsource healthcare for America's veterans," President Obama recently said at an even for disabled veterans. The president has incredible gall, for he has let veterans down massively during his term in office. Comment?
Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, threatened to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs if it did not provide accurate figures of the taxpayer money spent on artwork. Miller pointed to the $20 million VA officials have used to purchase paintings, sculptures and "ornamental furnishings" over the past decade in a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald on Friday, in which he demanded a full accounting of the funds diverted to agency art. Comment?
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is calling for an immediate moratorium on art purchases made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. An investigation found the VA spent $20 million on high-end art over the last decade, all while veterans died waiting for VA care and senior VA officials claimed to be under-staffed and under-funded. Comment?
Hundreds of veterans have died while waiting to get care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, all while the department spent millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end art. According to an investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and American Transparency, the VA has spent $20 million on high-end art over the last 10 years, $16 million of that spent during President Obama's tenure. Comment?
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