May 30, 2023 8:59 am

Rep. Mike LevinRep. Mike Levin speaks at a veterans occasion in Could. Courtesy of his workplace

This column is an excerpt from Rep. Levin’s speech on the Property floor on Thursday.

Property Republicans are holding our economy hostage and preparing to slash billions of dollars from veterans’ solutions and rewards in return for preserving the complete faith and credit of the United States.

Republicans are delivering a 1-two punch to veterans.

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1st, their debt legislation would slash $30 billion dollars from veterans’ solutions, remove housing vouchers for 50,000 homeless veterans, and reduce 81,000 jobs from the Veterans Overall health Administration.

They can say what ever they want but this is what they voted for.

Second, the Republicans just released a bill to gut the wellness care funding we promised to toxic-exposed veterans in the Pact Act.

How about as an alternative of cuts to veterans’ solutions and rewards, we decrease our deficit by ending tax loopholes for the ultrawealthy and by making certain the biggest corporations spend their fair share.

Property Democrats are united in opposition to Republicans’ veterans funding cuts, and we will not go back on the progress we’ve created.

So as we all head into this Memorial Day weekend, we will have to do far better.

We will have to not default on our debts. And let’s maintain our promises to our veterans.

Mike Levin represents the 49th District in north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.