Kaine Veterans Bill Passes House And Senate, Heads To Trump For Signature

  • Kaine Veterans Bill Passes House And Senate, Heads To Trump For Signature

Kaine Veterans Bill Passes House And Senate, Heads To Trump For Signature

"This bill will speed up the outdated appeals process so veterans can receive the disability benefits that they have earned", stated Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

In addition to providing critical funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program, the legislation also authorizes 28 major medical facility leases, including Birmingham, Alabama, and puts in place reforms introduced by unusual that strengthen the VA's ability to recruit, train and retain their workforce. The legislation also provides increased resources and authority for educational assistance to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, as well as computer programming and career and technical training.

"Veterans have been waiting far too long for an answer from the VA".

"Our veterans deserve the highest quality care that this country has to offer", said odd.

The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday night.

"It is critical that the Veterans Choice Program has the funding to continue offering timely appointments for veterans in their own communities", said Chairman Isakson. "The program's extension, along with the inclusion of leases for new VA facilities around the country - including one in Portland - helps American veterans access the high-quality care they have earned".

Warner has been spearheading an effort in Congress to approve the medical facility leases for more than a year.

When the new Congress convened in January, Warner and Senator Susan Collins of ME reintroduced that bill.

In September of a year ago, he led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act to authorize leases for 24 VA medical facilities in 15 states.

In addition, as a member of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins included language last month in the Appropriations Committee's report on the FY18 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill to improve the delivery of health care to veterans.

VA Secretary David Shulkin had warned that without congressional action the program would run out of money by mid-August, disrupting medical care for thousands of veterans.