The annual budget rose 78% in six budget cycles, with double-digit increases in four of the six years while Defense spending was flat.No other Cabinet agencyhad a larger budget increase by percentage during Obamas tenure. The closest was Agriculture (64%), followed by State (59%, which tends to discredit the canard about the Benghazi failure being caused by a lack of resources). Only HHS had a larger annual budget increase in terms of dollars spent, but it amounts to a 37% increase in spending from the FY2008 baseline. The amount of increase in the VAs budget in the Obama era, $65.9 billion,exceeds the entire VA budget in the FY2004 budget. The FY2008 VA budget was $84.7 billion (which increased 83% during the Bush administration, too). Using that as a baseline, Congress has given the VA an additional $235 billion in six years over that FY2008 level. Where havethose resources gone? Did the White House even think to ask before this scandal blew up?
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