On Tuesday, the president called out Republicans in the House for passing a government funding bill last week that ― according to the White House ― could result in a 22% funding cut to the Department of Veterans Affairs if enacted.
Democrats are doing all they can to draw attention to the fact that the House bill doesn’t make a point of protecting the VA from spending cuts, while GOP members say the other party is “shamelessly lying,” according to The Hill.
Republicans argue that the legislation does not call for any specific cuts to veterans’ benefits. But as The Hill notes, it doesn’t specifically protect them either. A coalition of veterans groups have called for language in the bill that would explicitly shield the VA from cuts.
The House bill is unlikely to become law in its current form, anyway. But amid GOP claims that their legislation wouldn’t affect veterans’ benefits, Biden posted a flowchart on Twitter that tried to reframe the whole thing in a more Democrat-friendly light.
“I hear House Republicans out on TV saying they would never vote to cut veterans’ benefits,” Biden tweeted. “In case there’s any confusion, I made a little chart that could help them out.”
Twitter users enjoyed the mockery.