Marilyn Musgrave received a rating of only 20% from the Disabled
American Veterans in 2005, and 0% in 2004.
1. Marilyn voted for a 2006 budget that
dramatically cut veterans programs. Marilyn voted to pass the
FY 2006 budget that cut funding for veterans' healthcare by $13.5
billion over the next five years. This same budget includes billions
in tax cuts favoring millionaires, with a net result of $50 billion
in new debt.
[HR 95, Vote #149, 4/28/2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll149.xml]
2. Marilyn voted against a $53 million increase in healthcare and
benefits for veterans. The vote was against an amendment to
the Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs appropriations
bill. It would have added $53 million to healthcare and benefits
for veterans, and provided $23 million to help 4,100 surviving spouses
[HR 2528, Vote #224, 5/26/2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/205/roll224.xml]
3. Marilyn voted against expanding TRICARE
to National Guard & Reserve volunteers. Even though the
National Guard and Reserve has been used at an unprecedented level
in Iraq and elsewhere, Marilyn voted against a motion to expand
TRICARE access to thousands of Guard and Reserve volunteers.
[HR 1815, Vote #221, 4/28/2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll221.xml]
4. Marilyn voted against debt assistance
for returning Guard & Reserve volunteers. When sent to war,
our fighting men and women have to focus on the mission. That means
that their personal financial affairs grow more complicated and
their financial security suffers. Marilyn voted against a motion
to the 2005 bankruptcy reform bill to protect members of the National
Guard and Reserve if their debt was a result of active duty or was
within two years of returning.
[S 256, Vote #107, 4/14/2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll107.xml]
5. Marilyn voted against full retirement
and disability benefits for all veterans. The motion would have
stopped the practice of subtracting $1 from the retirement pay for
every $1 a veteran receives in disability compensation.
[HR 1588, Vote #616, 11/7/2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll616.xml]
6. Marilyn voted against the Military
Surviving Spouses Equity Act. Marilyn voted to maintain the
"widow's tax" on benefits received by survivors of their
husbands and wives killed in service. Thousands of families have
suffered the loss of a loved on in war. Many of these 50,000 affected
families live at or below the poverty line, and yet the government
puts a "widow's tax" on survivors. In May 2006, Congressman
John Salazar moved to add the Military Surviving Spouses Equity
Act to the 2007 defense bill. Marilyn voted against removing this
unfair penalty on military widows.
[HR 5122, Vote #144, 5/11/2006, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll144.xml]
7. Marilyn voted for an increase in pharmacy
co-pays for military families. The vote was to kill a Democratic
attempt to offer an amendment to the FY 07 Department of Defense
Authorization bill that would remove the Bush administration's proposal
to increase pharmacy co-pays for military families. [HR
5122, Vote #139, 5/11/2006, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll139.xml]
8. Marilyn voted for a FY 07 budget that
hurts America's veterans. The Republican budget resolution cuts
funding for veterans' appropriated programs by $6 billion below
the level that CBO estimates is needed to maintain current services.
Additionally, the Republican budget resolution includes significant
increases in TRICARE costs for military retirees under 65.
[HCR 376, Vote #158, 5/18/2006, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll158.xml]
9. Marilyn opposed a $100 million military personnel increase.
In 2005, Marilyn voted against a proposal to the budget to increase
funding for military healthcare by $100 million and transitional
job training for military personnel by $50 million.
[HR 1268, Vote #76, 3/16/2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll158.xml]
10. Marilyn voted against a $265 million
increase for military pay. The bill would have increased military
pay by $265 million to cover $1,500 bonuses for each service member
in Iraq and Afghanistan in FY 2004 [HR 3289, Vote
#554, 10/17/2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll554.xml]
11. Marilyn voted to slash billions in
funding for veterans. In 2003, Musgrave voted for a budget resolution
that called for cuts of $15 billion over 10 years in veterans' benefits,
including cuts to disability benefit payments to former soldiers
and reductions in money for GI bill benefits and healthcare.
[HCR 95, Vote #82, 3/21/2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll82.xml]
12. Marilyn voted for tax cuts for the
wealthy over building homes for military personnel. This vote
denied an increase to military spending by 10 percent, or $958 million,
to ensure adequate housing for servicemen and women. The money would
have been offset by scaling back, for one year, 5 percent of the
scheduled tax cut for individuals with annual incomes exceeding
$1 million. [HRS 298, Vote #324, 6/26/2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll324.xml]