GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday argued that military sequestration must be reversed, but he stopped short of calling to end the budget cuts for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At a town hall in Englewood, Colo., a Vietnam veteran told Bush that the VA has tried to fix its issues by asking Congress to fund construction and an increase in hiring. Sequestration, or spending ceilings, however, has slashed funding for those projects, he said.
“Will you work to end sequestration as it affects the VA and military?” the veteran asked Bush.
“I do believe that we ought to end sequestration for the military,” Bush replied, drawing applause from the crowd.
“That’s only evidence of the dysfunction of Washington when you have to make automatic cuts,” he added. “We’re going to gut the military to the point where we’ll have the smallest Navy, smallest Air Force, smallest Army if we continue down this trend.”