House VA Chairman Questions VA Budget Request

Senate and House squabble over VA reform
Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh / AP

Acting Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Sloan Gibson told the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday that in order to meet “current demand” his department needs over $17 billion in additional funding.

Senate Democrats Just Blocked a Bill to Increase Accountability at the Scandal-Plagued Veterans Affairs Department

Why do they hate veterans?

This actually happened on the Senate floor this afternoon. Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) asked for consent to take up and pass the Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, a bill that would make it easier/possible for the scandal-plagued department to fire employees based on poor performance. The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation on Wednesday, with a bipartisan vote of 390 to 33. (Only Democrats objected.)

Surely the Senate would follow suit, right? Not exactly. Senator Bernie Sanders, a union-backed socialist from Vermont, objected on behalf of Senate Democrats to Rubio’s request. Instead of taking any action now, Sanders said he is going to hold a hearing—several weeks from now.

Democrats: Koch Brothers to Blame for Every Major Problem in the World


Democrats are obsessed with libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch. They seem convinced that the brothers are the embodiment of pure evil.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has accused them of being “un-American” from the floor of the United States Senate and has suggested that they are to blame for basically every bad thing that has ever happened, ever.

In the past several weeks, Democrats have blamed the Koch brothers for:

Senate Dems Remain on Front Lines of War on Women

Democrats in Senate continue to pay women significantly less than men, analysis shows
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.)  and Senate Democrats gather outside the Capitol / AP

As President Barack Obama and the Democrats prepare to honor “Equal Pay Day,” Senate Democrats continue to pay female employees significantly less than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of Senate salary data in Democratic offices.

Koch Industries Rebukes Democrats Over Shutdown

Reid, Sanders spreading misinformation, company says

Koch Industries on Wednesday publicly rebuked allegations by Senate Democrats that the company and its libertarian founders, Charles and David Koch, are responsible for the partial government shutdown.

Bernie Sanders’ War on the Kochs

Socialist senator attacks company with 60,000 employees
Sen. Bernard Sanders, (I., Vt.) / AP

A leftwing senator will use his official position to promote a documentary criticizing libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch, a move some describe as an attempt to intimidate the politically active billionaires.

Jammed Benefits

Veterans Affairs secretary faces questions about backlog in veterans’ benefit claims

The massive backlog of veterans’ benefit claims came under scrutiny at a Senate Veterans Affairs hearing on Monday afternoon about President Barack Obama’s federal budget and its Veterans Affairs component.