While Congressman Murphy seems intent on avoiding questions from the press in his run for the Democratic nomination, there are still many questions that persist about his troubling record on veteran’s issues.
Murphy has voted against legislation to fund a wide range of programs from VA construction projects to job training and homeless assistance programs. In Florida, the bill funds military construction projects across the state including in Pensacola and Cape Canaveral.
Murphy Voted Against Funding the VA
In April 2015, Murphy Voted Against Funding The Department Of Veterans Affairs, Military Construction, And Military Housing.
“Passage of the bill, as amended, that would provide $171.1 billion in fiscal 2016 for the Veterans Affairs department, military construction and military housing. It would provide $76.6 billion in discretionary spending, including $60.2 billion for veterans health programs. The bill would provide $94.5 billion in mandatory spending for veterans' service-connected compensation, benefits and pensions. The total also includes $7.7 billion for military construction, including $1.4 billion for military family housing. The bill would provide $167.3 billion in advance appropriations for certain VA medical care accounts for fiscal 2017.” (H.R. 2029, CQ Vote #193: Passed 255-163: R 236-4; D 19-159, 4/30/15, Murphy Voted Nay)
The Bill Urged The VA To Bring In More Nursing Home Beds, Ensured The VA Incorporates New Mental Health Treatments, And Funded Military Construction Projects Throughout Florida.
“The bill contains $76.6 billion in discretionary spending, $4.6 billion more than last year, covering military construction projects in Florida including at naval facilities on the First Coast and Pensacola, Air Force posts at Cape Canaveral, Eglin and Hulburt Field, an Army National Guard readiness center in Palm Coast and other projects. The bill also urged the VA to bring in more nursing home beds and embrace new technology to reach rural populations. The bill also ensures the VA starts to incorporate new mental health treatments.” (Kevin Durby, “Florida Reps Split On Party Lines On Military Construction/VA Funding,” Sunshine State News