House Concurrent Resolution No. 44




            Whereas, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides medical care for veterans, including men and women, who have risked their lives to protect the security of our nation; and


            Whereas, the funding for this health care at the VA is passed each year by Congress as part of the discretionary budget; and


            Whereas, each year the budget that gets passed has been seriously underfunded; and


            Whereas, this serious and now chronic shortfall affects the access to and the quality of medical care services that the VA provides for our veterans; and


            Whereas, the priority of serving our veterans must be absolute and irrevocable, and must be the foundation for the VA and for our nation:


            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fourth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby urgently request the United States Congress to pass assured funding for Veterans Health Care; and


            Be it further resolved that the Governor and the Missouri Congressional Delegation are urgently requested to support assured funding for our veterans' health care; and


            Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, key members of Congress, all veterans organizations registered with the Missouri Veterans' Commission, and each member of the Missouri Congressional Delegation.