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Moran criticizes VA art spending -- days after visiting taxpayer-supported WW II memorial

Updated: 2013-10-07T19:22:25Z

By DAVE HELLING

In a news release, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran has questioned the decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to spend more than $500,000 on artwork in the final days of the last fiscal year.

“At a time when the nation’s crushing debt threatens the well-being of our veterans and all Americans, and when spending across the government is being reduced, I fail to comprehend the reason why this purchase was authorized,” Moran said in a letter to the VA.

Just last week, Moran was among several senators and House members who showed up to keep the World War II memorial open for visiting veterans.

This is what his statement said, in part: “We ought to use the veterans that we met with this morning, and those who are memorialized on the National Mall, to remind ourselves that there is a higher calling to what we do in our nation’s capital.”

Federal taxpayers spent $16 million for the World War II memorial.

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