Democrats Look To Force GOP Into Tougher Budget Votes
Democrats will seek, in the context of budget consideration, to force votes on minimum wage, sick leave and privatizing Medicare. In the meantime, some House legislators worry over whistleblower retaliation in in the VA health care system.
Dems Want More Tough Budget Votes For GOP
Top Democratic budget writers on Tuesday preemptively railed against the GOP’s yet-to-be-finalized spending blueprint even as they planned to force Republicans to cast more tough election year amendment votes on the budget. Senate Budget ranking member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his House counterpart, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), want to use the budget process to make Republicans vote on things like minimum wage, sick leave and privatizing Medicare. (Bade, 4/14)
The Washington Post:
House Members Angry Over VA’s Response To Whistleblowers
Monday’s session demonstrated that VA’s entrenched culture of retaliation against whistleblowers endures, a year after revelations exploded over poor service and the covering up of long patient wait times. The retaliation continues despite the solid efforts of the current VA secretary, who replaced one driven out by the scandal. (Davidson, 4/14)