Published: Jan 27, 2011 8:49 PM EST
Updated: Jan 27, 2011 5:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs committee says a review is needed to ensure that money for veterans' programs is spent wisely.

But his newly appointed Senate counterpart, Democrat Patty Murray, says she will be watching Republicans "like a hawk" to ensure veterans get their financial due.

Rep. Jeff Miller from Florida leads the House vets committee. His party has promised government-wide spending cuts.

Murray was named chairman of the Senate committee on Thursday. She says she's heard promises before that veterans' services wouldn't be cut, only to find out they have.

 The House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees have jurisdiction over the Veterans Affairs Department, the nation's second largest agency. It provides benefits checks and medical services to the nation's 22 million veterans.

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