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Braley calls on Congress to fully fund VA in future federal shutdowns

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There's new effort to make sure veterans don't lose benefits in any future federal government shutdowns.

Tuesday Congressman Bruce Braley traveled to the Iowa Veterans' Welcome Center in Cedar Rapids. He called on congress to pass the Putting Veterans Funding First Act. The bill would make sure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is fully funded during a future shutdown.

"A lot of these veterans get some assistance from the military from serving their duty from our country," said Dennis Conaway, a Vietnam veteran and Co-Founder of Iowa Veterans' Welcome Center.

We asked Congressman Braley about why he's pushing this bill instead of preventing a future shutdown. He said the government should never have to close due to disagreements between political parties, but because it had, he wants to make sure veterans are not impacted.

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