- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are making sure votes made over the summer against VA reform are fresh on constituents’ minds in the midterm elections.

The VFW sent out an email Wednesday listing the eight lawmakers who voted against the spending package meant to fix the long wait times and poor quality care at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. The $16 billion bill passed both chambers in July and was signed into law in early August.

“Failing to support America’s veterans is inexcusable, and I hope every voting constituent in every home district and state remembers that, because the VFW will do our best to remind them,” the VFW National Commander John Stroud said in a statement.

He said the “no” votes are especially concerning because several of the lawmakers voted for supplemental war funding in the last decade without worrying about offsets.

“The VFW has a long memory when it comes to remembering those who vote for war but not the warrior, and though we will never tell our members and supporters who to vote for, we will always tell them who in Congress does — or does not — support veterans, service members and their families,” Mr. Stroud said.

The eight lawmakers named in the email are: Republican Reps. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Jack Kingston of Georgia, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas, and Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Sessions of Alabama. Of those, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Jones, Mr. Sanford and Mr. Sessions will be on the ballot in November.

There were also 13 members of Congress who were not present to vote on the bill. The VFW encouraged constituents to ask these legislators their reason for missing the vote.

• Jacqueline Klimas can be reached at jklimas@washingtontimes.com.

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