(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of both the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the Senate Budget Committee, applauded President Obama’s decision not to pursue a budget proposal that would have allowed the VA to bill a veteran’s insurance company for service-connected disabilities and injuries.

“President Obama did the right thing in dropping this proposal.  Injured veterans and their families have already paid enough of a price, they shouldn’t have to worry about the tab for service-related care.

“The President is living up to the promise he made to our veterans.  First he provided a budget that makes historic investments in the VA.  And not only did he listen to our veterans, but he heard what they had to say.  And he changed his budget based on their concerns.  That’s change that veterans can take to the bank.

“President Obama is right – we need to look for ways to save money.  I look forward to working with him to do that in a responsible way that doesn’t add any further sacrifice to the men and women who have served our nation.”

Murray had previously warned VA Secretary Shinseki that this proposal would be “dead on arrival” in Congress.   -  Audio