Don't Ask, and Ye Shall Recieve

The committee also said it wanted to see an increase in the VA's Telehealth budget by $40 million, or 23 percent, to $215 million from the $175 million requested.

The Democrat's on the House VA committee believed Baker when he said he did not need any more money in fiscal 2011, but the Republicans said they would like to add another $56.2 million to the IT budget to automate a system used to pay private doctors who treat veterans outside the Veterans medical system and to establish safeguards to prevent unauthorized alterations of medical records.

If all these increases go through, Baker will end up almost a $7 billion man.

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