From: Gene D. Simes <>
Sent: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 00:07:21 -0400
Subject: Fw: Mandatory Funding

Members of Operation Firing for Effect and supporters,

Be advised that I will not consider supporting the propose amendment, the DoD Authorization Bill (S. 1042 that Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tim Johnson (D are planning to present to the senate.

1. Why because If our U.S. representatives can spen their time and the taxpayers money on a new propose bill why not use their energy , on the existing bill that was already introduce like S331, that call for full mandatory funding? ( Don't get me wrong I know the umbrella is big when we talk about mandatory funding, so are the life's that are sacrifice each day don't you think ? )

2. As Congressman, Bob Filner, said when I ask him why wouldn't they vote on this bill his answer was because it cost to much, so I'm asking you the Veteran what is to much?

3. My friends I don't believe in a half win, we been half winning since both parties have been trying to change what our founding fathers has given this grate nation, think about it.

4. One more thing when was the last time we had mandatory funding for the VA? What makes us except somethin that is still going to be ration? like the Do D 1042 that is going to be presented July 27, 2005, watch how easy they will get the votes , its a no brainer, ask yourself why it was so easy?and not easy for s331 full mandatory funding,just go back to 2. your question will be answered there. Do D 1042 discretionary/ mandatory funding or S331 Full mandatory funding I stand to fight forS 331 with out a doubt.

5. I ask every Veterans to reach out and show full support and start calling on your representatives to be a co sponsor for S331 and don't give up we can do it.
they need your support to make it happen.

Gene D. Simes
Operation Firing for Effect November 9, 2005 will be in Washington, DC and in the Capital, bank on that.

Original Message -----
From: Bennett, Jody (Johnson)
To: ;
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 10:59 AM
Subject: Mandatory Funding


It was nice to speak to you today. Here is the information on Senator Johnson?s mandatory funding bill, as well the names of the Senators who are cosponsoring the bill.


S.331 (35kb)
Title: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for an assured adequate level of funding for veterans health care.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Tim [D-SD] (introduced 2/9/2005) Cosponsors: 19
Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs
Related Bills: H.R.515
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


COSPONSORS, ALPHABETICAL [* = original cosponsor]: Cosponsor Statistics: 19 current (includes 2 original)
Sen Baucus, Max [D-MT] - 6/29/2005
Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [D-DE] - 6/23/2005
Sen Boxer, Barbara [D-CA] - 6/29/2005
Sen Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] - 5/12/2005
Sen Corzine, Jon S. [D-NJ] - 6/28/2005
Sen Dayton, Mark [D-MN] - 2/14/2005
Sen Dorgan, Byron L. [D-ND] - 3/8/2005
Sen Durbin, Richard [D-IL] - 2/9/2005 *
Sen Harkin, Tom [D-IA] - 6/27/2005
Sen Kerry, John F. [D-MA] - 5/23/2005
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] - 6/29/2005
Sen Lincoln, Blanche L. [D-AR] - 6/14/2005
Sen Murray, Patty [D-WA] - 3/9/2005
Sen Nelson, Bill [D-FL] - 3/17/2005
Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [D-NE] - 2/9/2005 *
Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [D-WV] - 4/12/2005
Sen Salazar, Ken [D-CO] - 5/9/2005
Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [R-ME] - 6/13/2005
Sen Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] - 3/8/2005