Bilirakis Demands Biden, Democrats Apologize for Lying About Veterans Benefits

Bilirakis Demands Biden, Democrats Apologize for Lying About Veterans Benefits

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
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May 13, 2023

House Republicans are demanding Democrats, including the Biden Administration, issue apologies for claiming the recently-passed Limit, Save, and Grow Act would cut veterans' benefits. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) summarized on Twitter, "The VA Secretary and some of my Democrat Congressional colleagues are spreading false information and fear-mongering to make up for their lack of viable solutions to our soaring national debt."

Additionally, Rep. Bilirakis said, "We have vowed to protect Veteran programs from cuts and are demanding accountability for the lies that are being spread."

Representative Andrew Clyde (R-GA) wrote a letter which Rep. Bilirakis signed, demanding an apology from the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs for claiming the Limit, Save, and Grow Act would cut veteran benefits, calling the statement "a shameful use of scare tactics and a blatant attempt to mislead millions of veterans across our nation."

As the letter described, the Limit, Save, and Grow Act would cut discretionary spending while "not a single provision in this legislation even mentions veterans' benefits," which are considered mandatory spending.

Moreover, the letter stated the Biden Administration's claim served as an example of Democrats attempting "to deflect from acknowledging the devastating consequences that Democrats’ rampant spending has had on our veterans."

Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) similarly excoriated the Biden Administration for claiming the Limit, Save, and Grow Act would cut veterans' benefits in a Fox News op-ed, stating that as a veteran himself, he supported the bill.

"But that doesn’t fit [Biden's] narrative, so instead, he’s going to lie to the American people and use veterans as pawns in his politicking," said Rep. Mast.

Bilirakis has also lambasted the Biden Administration's seemingly political attitude toward veterans.

In January, Bilirakis urged members of Congress to support the Major Richard Star Act, which sought to rectify concurrent receipt issues in disability and retirement pay for combat-injured veterans.

Essentially, every dollar gained in disability pay is a dollar from retirement pay lost, which Bilirakis called "an unjust offset designed to save the government money."

Bilirakis had also vowed, "I will not stop fighting until the injustice of concurrent receipt is rectified for all Veterans."

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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