HOUSE OKS $3.9B PACKAGE TO ADDRESS VA CRISIS
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.