There's a fight underway in Washington about funding for the Veterans Administration.
Fellow Republicans warned House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay more than a year ago that the government would come up short — by at least $750 million — for veterans' health care. The leaders' response: Fire the messengers. Now that the Bush administration has acknowledged a shortfall of at least $1.2 billion, embarrassed Republicans are scrambling to fill the gap. Meanwhile, Democrats portray the problem as another example of the GOP and the White House taking a shortsighted approach to the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and criticize their commitment to the troops.
Fans of DeFazio are rocketing around a link to a video that shows the Eugene-area congressman in his usual fighting form.
Check it out. (Yeah, you'll have to watch three others first. Hang in there, they're brief.)