House Passes Boost in Veterans’ Spending

“With passage of this fiscal year 2010 bill, the Congress will have increased veterans health care and benefits funding by 58 percent in the past two and a half years. This is an unprecedented increase in Congress’ commitment to veterans, and in my book, our veterans have earned every dime of this funding,” said Chet Edwards , D-Texas, the chairman of the Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.

Zach Wamp , R-Tenn., said that he continues “to be concerned about the ability of the [department] to absorb large funding increases provided in this bill. It is absolutely our job to make sure, not just that we raise the funding levels but that the money is well spent, spent in a timely manner, it’s effectively spent and there’s accountability throughout the entire process.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee finished work on its $133.9 billion companion bill July 7. The measure has yet to see action on the Senate floor.

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