WASHINGTON (AP) - American Legion officials are calling on the White House and members of Congress to stop using veterans in their efforts win over the public during a partial government shutdown. Outside the closed World War II memorial in Washington, American Legion officials said Democratic and Republican lawmakers are using veterans as pawns as they try to build their case with the public.
The House has approved stopgap measures to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs during a shutdown. Republicans used the votes to attack Democratic lawmakers in competitive congressional districts. Meanwhile, Democrats largely backed the Obama administration's approach to funding the entire government. To bolster their case, they cited comments from veterans groups criticizing short-term resolutions as "not acceptable." The legion's national commander says he blames all sides for the shutdown.