Republican Default Crisis: Veterans

Floor Speech

Date: May 25, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. PELOSI. Madam Speaker, this weekend, our Nation will solemnly observe Memorial Day to honor our fallen heroes and their families.

Instead of this honoring of our veterans, shamefully, the Republicans across the aisle will spend the weekend working to impose suffering on our valiant veterans.

The Republicans have forced Americans down a treacherous path to accept their extreme proposal, which would eliminate 30 million health visits for our veterans and slash revenues at the VA.

It would trigger a catastrophic default, which would force our Nation to stiff veterans on the benefits they have earned. That also applies to the effect it would have on America's middle class.

All this is for the Republicans to pass another massive tax cut, which they will do in a matter of weeks. That is their plan, to do it by the birthday of the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, June 16.

Trillions of dollars will be added to the national debt to give tax breaks to the high end at the cost of the suffering of our veterans.

It is disgraceful. Republicans must stay here and not skip town, work to avoid a default, and honor the sacred duty of our veterans as we observe Memorial Day.