Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday blamed Republicans for blocking a budget deal and risking automatic Pentagon cuts. But he promised a veterans group that America's fighting men and women won't suffer and will be guaranteed the best medical care for life.
"We're going to keep our commitment to American veterans no matter what happens," Biden said, winning applause from an audience of 3,000 people attending the Disabled American Veterans convention at Bally's hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
The Veterans Administration is exempt from any spending cuts as part of a temporary budget deal Republicans and Democrats agreed to last summer. Under the Budget Control Act that President Barack Obama signed, $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts would go into effect, including nearly $500 billion for defense, unless a deal is reached before a Jan. 2 deadline.
Biden, in the most politically sharp portion of his 45-minute speech, urged Congress to work harder to find a solution in an election year when neither party seems to want to compromise.
By Laura Myers, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 5, 2012