In the midst of an ever-increasing scandal over the VA's treatment of veterans, investigations over the department's spending reveal some shocking facts.
Via a report from a government-run spending website:
- $489,000,000 to improve meeting rooms, buy draperies, and purchase furniture during the past four-and-a-half years.
- 15,010 contracts for office furniture by the VA for Fiscal Years 2010 through 2014.
- $10,700,00 on curtains and draperies alone.
- $6,800,000 for a remodeling project in Illinois.
- $1,700,000 for a new filing system in California.
Furthermore, this does not include $138,700,000 that the President has proposed to convert paper documents into e-documents. This list could go on and on.
John Cornyn (R-TX) responded to this information in a statement:
This is just one of many misplaced priorities at the VA, and unfortunately, I think we’ve only begun to scratch the surface.
I will not stop until the VA is investigated top to bottom, and new leadership is brought in to clean up this dysfunctional agency.
Layer this VA atrocity on top of the recent out-of-control spending report, and you have perfect justification for stating that the government does absurd things and wastes millions while doing it. The important things, like being careful stewards of our money and making good on commitments to those who've served in the military, are set by the wayside.