UPDATE: In a strange turn of events, most of the Colorado delegation has either asked that their pay be withheld during the government shutdown or plans to donate their salary to charity. Most, except for DeGette and Perlmutter. What is it with these two? They vote against a continuance of veterans benefits and then refuse to give up their own salary when they’re part of the reason for the government shutdown. Sheesh.
It used to be that veterans benefits were a given. The men and women who sacrificed so much for our country were a revered class of citizen. Their benefits just weren’t something legislators messed with. No more. Two of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Representatives had the gall to vote against continuing funding of veterans benefits – Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette.
On October 1, the U.S. House voted on the “Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act” to continue veterans’ benefits despite the government shutdown. Just Perlmutter and DeGette voted no. Here is an excerpt of the House Joint Resolution they voted on:
“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues, receipts, and funds, for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes, namely:
Sec. 101. (a) Amounts are provided for entitlements and other mandatory payments whose budget authority was provided in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (division E of Public Law 113-6), to continue activities at the rate to maintain program levels under current law, under the authority and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 2013, to be continued through the date specified in section 103(3).”
Even Democratic Rep. Jared Polis voted yes. Rumor has it that DeGette is not well-liked among her peers in the U.S. House because she’s such an ideologue. Like always. Everyone else is commiserating and she’s pontificating. Don’t worry, DeGette and Perlmutter are in great company. Others who voted no include the divisive “genius” Sheila Jackson Lee and the fact-challenged, friend of frizz Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Kudos Reps. Perlmutter and DeGette. You’ve stood your ground – by harming men and women who sacrificed greatly so you could vote against them.