Akaka Urges the President to Make Veterans A Top Priority

41 Colleagues join Akaka in letter to President

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Daniel K. Akaka, the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, sent a letter to President George W. Bush today urging him to "give appropriate attention and priority to the needs of our nation's returning servicemembers and veterans in the Fiscal Year 2007 budget proposal."

The President is expected to submit a budget proposal soon to Congress. Forty-one Democratic Colleagues joined Senator Akaka in signing the letter to President Bush.

Senator Akaka also reminds the President of the Administration's mistake last year for not having enough resources to keep pace with demand. That mistake caused a crisis situation and the U.S. Senate swiftly acted to provide emergency funding to fix the problem.