Bachmann’s Budget Takes On…Veterans’ Benefits?

January 28, 2011 6:06 a.m.

It turns out that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who has gone over the heads of the GOP leadership in a whole host of ways — notably her recent State of the Union rebuttal address — has also touched a serious third rail with her own budget proposal: Freezes and cuts to veterans’ benefits.

The Army Times reports:

Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has unveiled a plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans’ disability benefits.

Her proposed VA budget cuts would account for $4.5 billion of the savings included in the plan, posted on her official House of Representatives website.

In a statement, Bachmann said her plan is intended for discussion purposes as an example of ways to cut federal spending to make it unnecessary to increase the current $14.3 trillion limit on the amount the U.S. government can borrow.

Wow. When she says she doesn’t like government-run health care…she really means it!

I have e-mailed the GOP leadership for comment. Let’s see if they even want to touch this one.

Late Update: The offices of both Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have declined to comment.

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