GOP Threatens ‘Sanctions’ Against VA as it Plans to Offer Abortions

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, California -- The newly opened Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in Marina treated its first patients on Aug. 14. Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Representative 20th District of California, dropped by for a walking tour and to see the clinic in action. The clinic is only the second joint health care facility in the nation bringing together Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense patients and the first built specifically for cross-service cooperation in all stages of health care. ..Official Presidio of Monterey Web site..Official Presidio of Monterey Facebook..PHOTO by Steven L. Shepard, Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Congressional Republicans, furious with Joe Biden’s Department of Veterans Affairs now offering abortions, are working on “sanctions” against the Department, according to the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. reports:

“I am working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee and in the Senate to consider sanctions against VA for violating the Antideficiency Act,” Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., said at a committee hearing on reproductive health care at the VA.

The Antideficiency Act, or ADA, prohibits federal agencies from spending money that has not been approved by Congress. Violations of the law are subject to administrative and criminal penalties, but it’s unclear what type of sanctions Congress could impose, or if providing access to abortions would violate the law as Bost claimed.

“By ignoring the law, VA is violating the wishes and values of millions of Americans who don’t want their tax dollars used to pay for abortion, at VA or anywhere else,” Bost added.

A spokesperson for Bost told lawmakers were “still examining what the process for ADA violations would be and how VA would be held accountable for that.”

“I look forward to it being overturned by the courts, and I plan to do whatever I can to support that effort,” said Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont.

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