Two of Iowa’s Congressmen disagree over a budget plan for the VeteransAdministration which was approved last night by the U-S House. Under theplan, there’s a one-point-seven Billion dollar increase in V-A spending onmedical care. Congressman Jim Nussle says it’s good news for thoseconcerned about the situation at Iowa’s V-A hospitals.Nussle, a republican from Manchester, says the extra money should ensurethat Iowa veterans facilities remain open.But democrat Congressman Leonard Boswell said the Republicans don’t provideenough extra money to the Veterans Administration. Boswell, a Vietnam-eravet from Davis City, favors a three-Billion dollar increase. A report fromthe V-A Medical Inspector found problems at V-A hospitals in Knoxville andIowa City. The report confirmed a diversion of patients from the Des MoinesV-A hospital and a lack of bedspace, plus a patient-to-nurse ratio that’stoo high.
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