HOUSE OKS $3.9B PACK­AGE TO AD­DRESS VA CRI­SIS

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The House unan­i­mously ap­proved a $3.9 bil­lion emer­gency spend­ing pack­age to ad­dress a bud­get short­fall at the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs that threat­ens med­i­cal care for thou­sands of vet­er­ans.

The bill pro­vides $2.1 bil­lion to con­tinue fund­ing the Vet­er­ans Choice pro­gram, which al­lows vet­er­ans to re­ceive pri­vate med­i­cal care at govern­ment ex­pense. An ad­di­tional $1.8 bil­lion would go to core VA health pro­grams, in­clud­ing 28 leases for new VA med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

The bill was ap­proved 414-0 on Fri­day and now goes to the Se­nate.

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