VA says veterans' benefits would stop in long shutdown
September 28th, 2013
07:47 PM ET
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VA says veterans' benefits would stop in long shutdown

Washington (CNN) – The Department of Veterans Affairs clarified itself Saturday, saying that if a government shutdown occurs, and lasts at least a month, not all compensation and pension payments would continue.

“Those benefits are provided through appropriated mandatory funding, and that funding will run out by late October. At that point, VA will be unable to make any payments,” spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said in a statement to CNN.


The agency earlier this week said all payments would be handled.

She said the agency has excepted certain workers - meaning they can work if there is a shutdown. That means claims can be processed and beneficiaries can receive payments during a shutdown that lasts less than a month.

Among the benefits in question would be disability and GI Bill payments.

The change in position came after VA officials briefed staff members of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees Friday and other congressional staff who pushed for more information about the status of benefits if a shutdown occurs, one congressional aide confirmed to CNN.

The Washington Post first reported the call.

“Our nation’s heroes, who are already waiting too long for the benefits they deserve, shouldn’t be held at the mercy of gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, D.C.,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.


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  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Blame the GOP Cruz , Rubio and the goofball teaparty loser lee and the teahage Bachmann!!!!!

    September 29, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Stuffit

    Why does the liberally biased press blame Republicans for the shutdown of goveerment? The Republicans do not control the government. The liberal democrats are choosing this course in the belief that it will give them the 2014 elections.

    September 29, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Anonymous

    So much for Republican pride in our veterans. Use 'em and forget 'em.

    September 29, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "Why does the liberally biased press blame Republicans for the shutdown of goveerment?"

    It is not the press blaming Republicans. It is the majority of American people - including Republicans - who will rightly so blame the Republicans.

    September 29, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. rs

    Do you think the Right cares about Veterans? No, sir. They've gone after the poor by cutting Food Stamps (so one of their own- Rep. Bachmann, can still receive her $250,000 Agricultural support checks), the are trying to deprive 40 million Americans access to health care, they want to cripple the old by killing Social Security and Medicare. Why should they care about the brave men and women who fight their wars for them?

    September 29, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. vet in tx

    so if the president refuses to sign the funding bill because the republicans won't raise taxes on only billionaire's who's fault would it be?

    if the senate refuses to vote because the republicans added funding for a subsidy for the NFL, who's fault is that.

    Republicans can spin it however they want, this shut down will hurt them in 2014, because this is law that they have already figured the savings in their budget, they have already (in some of their states) implemented the exchanges.....so those two facts, seal the deal for who is "shucking" and who is "jiving"......the GOP.

    September 29, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. rs

    Stuffit
    Why does the liberally biased press blame Republicans for the shutdown of goveerment? The Republicans do not control the government. The liberal democrats are choosing this course in the belief that it will give them the 2014 elections.
    __________
    Probably for the simple reason that this is what the GOP said they were going to do months ago, and it has been their course of action ever since Obama beat McCain. See how simple that was?
    Look, you don't negotiate with the insane, the drunk, the mentally ill, or with terrorist- there is a reason for that. We will not negotiate with the GOP. Your move- shut down the government and take the consequences of your insane actions.

    September 29, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Steve Engelbrecht

    As Kipling said, "It's Tommy this and Tommy that when the guns begin to shoot, but when the battlefield falls silent it's cast 'im out the brute!"

    September 29, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    To paraphrase Ross Perot... "It's Simple"! We need to vote the GOP TRAITORS out of office in 2014 in order to return to the business of repairing our roads and bridges, taking care of our veterans and moving the economy along.

    September 29, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. chip

    get the vets, we are an easy sitting target that they can pull the strings on. how about ALL I mean EVERYONE, senators, congressman etc ALL get the same health care.. if it is so great let's ALL have the same thing...fair is fair.

    September 29, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Name20 years

    that is going to happen now if the house Rep Do not like any law of the land they shut down the government sounds like they want to run the whole thing if it does not count what the people want, then their not doing their job don't we impeach elected official that don't do their job

    September 29, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Pk dusterm

    Are you sure the orange man and v putin are not brothers

    September 29, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Name

    Ted Cruz: a fanatic or a lunatic

    September 29, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Kavan

    Why does it matters who's fault it is. Veterans deserve their benefits. Period. Quit trying to place blame like we're in 3rd grade.

    September 29, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    The GOP only cares about creating more veteran through their imperialistic war mongering.

    Once you have "served" their purpose, not so much!

    September 29, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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