We’re launching a new competition to capture the very best ideas of our VA employees who work with you every day.
We’re going to challenge each of our 57 regional VA offices to come up with the best ways of doing business, harnessing the best information technologies, breaking through the bureaucracy.
And then we’re going to fund the best ideas and put them into action. All with a simple mission—cut those backlogs, slash those wait times and deliver your benefits sooner. I know, you’ve heard this for years. But with the leadership and resources we’re providing, I know we can do this. And that is our mission.
Taken together, these investments represent an historic increase in our commitment to America’s veterans— the largest increase in the VA budget in more than 30 years. And over the next five years we’ll invest another $25 billion more.
"we have proposed cutting tens of billions of dollars in waste we don’t need."
"Hundreds of millions of dollars for an alternate second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter—when one reliable engine will do just fine. Nearly two billion dollars to buy more F-22 fighter jets when we can move ahead with a fleet of newer, more affordable aircraft. Tens of billions of dollars to put an anti-missile laser on a fleet of vulnerable 747s."
"And billions of dollars for a new presidential helicopter. Maybe you heard about this. Among other capabilities, it would let me cook a meal while under nuclear attack."
From May 9, 2014: Obama’s New Helicopter Fleet Could Cost $20 Billion
The Pentagon has awarded a contract to begin development of the most expensive helicopters ever made.
Each helicopter will probably cost at least $400 million.
The passengers for this enormously expensive helicopter fleet? The President of the United States and his entourage.
They must be “hardened” against the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear blast that could fry electronics and knock out everything from smartphones to helicopters.