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WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon has been one of the few Democrats to cast a vote for a spending bill that aims to provide $1.2 billion to combat opioid addiction and help the nation’s vets.
Merkley has been outspoken against proposed cuts to the Veterans Health Administration, saying that the program provides critical care for the nation’s wounded warriors. The health-care bill’s funding for the VA would still be cut by $바카라사이트10 billion, though the proposed cuts would be delayed.
“I am proud to vote for today’s continuing resolution, which includes additional funding to support our nation’s veterans,” Merkley said in a statement.
He added: “These funds also pay for essential and lifesaving care for our nation’s service members and their families. The American people should expect more of their lawmakers if they are serious about protecting our veterans.”
On Tuesday, House Republican leadership had indicated that the GOP would bring back cuts to the VA.
Merkley joined four other Democrats — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio — in voting against the government funding bill. The vote came in a meeting of the congressional GOP leadership team on Wednesday.
The votes represented only an hourlong span of time on the floor. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill to avert a government shutdown, sending the Senate through to a final deadline.
Senate Democr더킹카지노atic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said he would ask Democrats to bring Merkley’s vote on Wednesday to the Senate floor.
In a tweet Tuesday, Merklegospelhitzy said that, because of his vote on the spending bill, “my bill may not pass this week: $1.2 billion to combat heroin addiction.”
“I have always worked to build the strongest possible bipartisan foundation to help these injured heroes,” he said.
On Thursday, former President Bill Clinton spoke at a rally with Merkley in Oregon. He also urged Merkley to do more.
“I know he can do all that he said he’d do. I know he is going to come through this,” Clinton said, according to the AP.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.