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Votes Against America's Veterans

No wonder 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 with children.
[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]

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