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After months of ambiguity, Veterans Affairs exempted from budget axe


This just in: the Department of Veterans Affairs will not come under the axe if the sequestration mechanism takes effect next year, the Office of Management and Budget has decided.

This decision is overdue, as VA officials have been unsure of how sequestration would affect the department since the mechanism was set in place last July.

A tweet from the House Veterans Affairs Committee summed it up: ” @HouseVetAffairs: It took @BarackObama 9 months to address #vets healthcare cuts. Should have taken no more than 9 minutes.”

We’re expecting a more in-depth response from the committee on this issue and will bring that to you when we have it.


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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is

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