From: Strider, Burns <Burns.Strider@mail.house.gov>
Sent: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 11:10:56 -0500
Subject: Evans Strong Stand Backs Republicans Down

Note: I think a lump of coal is denying Veterans their January venue to tell Congress their priorities and needs. Maybe Mr. Chris Smith got the biggest lump of coal this year. O no, maybe it was our precious Veterans after all. - Burns

Excerpt from Article Below:

"At the time he made his statement, Evans appeared to have been correct. House Republican leaders do intend to ask for a 1 percent across-the-board cut in federal spending to help pay for hurricane relief. But on Thursday morning - after Evans released his statement but before Buyer released his - a decision was made to exempt some programs. Veterans' spending, and probably the defense budget as well, will be spared reductions under the current plan, although leadership aides said that could still change."

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1414899.php