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.