Defending his actions on Sunday, Toomey said he was working to change the bill in a way that “wouldn’t change the spending on a veterans program one penny,” he said. told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“What I’m trying to do is change a government accounting methodology designed to allow our fellow Democrats to embark on an unrelated $400 billion spending spree that has nothing to do with the veterans and will not be in the veterans’ space,” he said. said.
“My change, honest people agree, will have no effect on the amount of money or the circumstances under which money for veterans is spent,” he said. “What I want to do is treat it for government accounting purposes like we’ve always treated it for government accounting purposes.”
He added that if his amendment passes, he will vote for the bill.
On the same CNN program, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said Toomey’s delaying action was petty and unnecessary.
“In terms of what’s going on, in terms of the amendments and everything else up there… what I would say is these people have waited long enough. Let’s just do it,” he said. “I think they should just go on, vote.”
McDonough said the accounting changes requested by Toomey could harm veterans’ care. “I can’t do this in good conscience because it will lead to rationing of care for vets, which I just can’t buy into,” he said.
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“They don’t have to hear it, they don’t have to see it,” Stewart said after Senate Republicans blocked the legislation. “They don’t have to understand that they are human beings.”