Frederica Wilson, a Democratic U.S. Representative from Florida, may be in hot water after she criticized President Trump for his actions toward a widow of a U.S. soldier slain in Africa. It turns out that Congresswoman Wilson may have voted repeatedly against measures that would have helped veterans.
Wilson, a former elementary school principal, who arrived in Congress in 2011, has developed a reputation, especially in the last week, of being a staunch defender of the military and military families. She publicly criticized Trump for being “insensitive” toward Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, one of four service members who was killed last week in Niger.
According to VoteSmart.org, Wilson opposed a bill that would have ensured that families of the four soldier slain in Afghanistan in 2013 would receive death and burial benefits. Records show that Wilson’s loyalty to veterans may be questionable despite her claim to be “committed to honoring our service members, not only with words but with deeds.”
According to Fox News, Wilson voted against most bills that would have ensured continued funding for veteran benefits, including “payments to widows of fallen soldiers.” She has also opposed measures that would have improved the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In March 2013, Wilson opposed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” which prevented a government shutdown at the same time providing funds for the U.S. military and the VA. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by former President Barack Obama. It provided funding to the military and to the VA.
Wilson voted later in the year against a resolution designed to ensure that benefits paid to the veterans and their families would not be affected by the government shutdown in October of 2013. The resolution was especially pertinent to the moment because it had become known that the families of the four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 had been deprived of benefits due to the shutdown in Washington.
According to The New York Times, Wilson voted against the resolution that would have ensured that the families of the slain soldiers would have received their benefits, including those for burial and up to $100,000 to each family, among other benefits.
Wilson also opposed numerous other bills that were aimed at improving VA services for veterans and their families. She did not respond to a Fox News request for a comment.
Wilson attests that Trump told the grieving widow of Sergeant Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” Trump responded via Twitter, saying that Wilson had “totally fabricated what I said.”
The White House said Wednesday that Wilson’s attack on the president by using the soldier’s widow was “appalling and disgusting.” Congresswoman Wilson has stood by her account of the call.
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