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Representative Jones explained to Secretary Rumsfeld that, though “he still supports the President,” he was alarmed to discover that the President’s budget “contained a fourteen percent increase for foreign aid while cutting veterans benefits.”
Congressman Jones also expressed his concern over a report that quoted a Pentagon official suggesting that veterans’ benefits were already too high.
“I have the privilege to represent the Third District of North Carolina, which is home to over 60,000 veterans and retired military. I hope there was a misunderstanding with this comment because, if it is accurate, it is insensitive and wrong,” Jones explained. “I do not understand how all of us in Congress, as well as those in the Administration and the Department of Defense, cannot remember that those returning in uniform must come first.”
Secretary Rumsfeld was before the Armed Services Committee today to discuss the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2006 budget request.
For additional information or to schedule an interview with Congressman Walter B. Jones please contact Kristen Quigley at (202) 225-3415.