Moran Statement on Satirical Website Article
Washington D.C. -- Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the recent posting on a satirical website which ascribed an imaginary piece of legislation to the Congressman that was disrespectful to our nation’s veterans.
“The satirical website ‘Duffelblog.com’ recently posted an article detailing fake legislation that portrayed our nation’s veterans suffering from PTSD in a negative, hurtful, and deliberately provocative light. My office has received a number of calls and emails regarding the posting, and given the speed with which false information can spread virally, I wanted to make clear that the article is false and the website is a spoof. As you are undoubtedly aware, I have advocated for billions in veterans funding to support those suffering from PTSD who risked their lives for our country. I am issuing this statement to make clear I disassociate myself with something that, while meant to be humorous, was in poor taste and hurtful to our veterans.”
With more than 12,600 military retirees in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia, Rep. Moran is a longstanding advocate for veterans, military retirees, and their spouses.
Just last week, Rep. Moran supported the Veterans Affairs (VA) funding bill which would provide $64.708 billion in discretionary funds for the VA in 2015. He helped secure the single largest increase in funding ($3.7 billion) in the history of the VA in 2007 and in 2008 supported a record-setting amount for the VA to reduce backlogs in veterans processing and care. In the 111th Congress, Moran supported $48.2 billion in advanced appropriations for the VA, marking the first time in history that Congress had provided advance appropriations for the VA.