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With the Senate debating what is and is not an emergency, Murray's amendment faced criticism from Republicans who argued that the VA system did not need any immediate health care funding. That argument left her "stunned," she said. Murray described VA hospital beds held together with duct tape, broken operating tables, poorly maintained medical equipment and budget shortfalls in VA hospitals across the country, including in Washington state.

"I am just appalled that this is what this argument has come down to on this floor," she said during the debate. "If this is not an emergency, then I don't know what is." - (Full Article)

- Spokesman Review - April 13, 2005