-by Jeanine Vecchiarelli, 6/16/2018
U.S. Congressional Rep. Nita Lowey loves wolves; our veterans, not so much.
After federal Endangered Species protected status was removed from wolves in the northern Rockies in 2011, Ms. Lowey has stood firm to defeat all further similar measures targeting wolves in other areas of the country over the years. As the leader of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, she has pledged to “continue to stand strong to prevent history from repeating itself during upcoming appropriations debates.”
Fast forward to this past May 16th, and the House’s amendment to S.2372, the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Act. The proposed amendment sought to give our veterans the important health care provision improvements they have earned and richly deserve. Among other stipulations, the amendment proposed access to community care if the program currently in place does not offer the care or services our veterans require; VA asset and infrastructure review; scholarship incentives for medical students in exchange for service to the VA; and programs to remediate the issue of veteran care in areas underserved by VA assets and facilities.
Thankfully, this amendment passed the House, with a bipartisan vote of 231-116. But guess who voted NO, even as many of her Democrat colleagues supported the measure?
According to her website, “Congresswoman Lowey believes we must fulfill our commitment to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces by ensuring veterans have access to high-quality health care and economic security.” Her vote last month on the above mentioned amendment sure exposed the lie of her words.
Perhaps the amendment should have been titled “Wolves Benefit Correction Act?”