OBAMA SIGNS VA BILL INTO LAW

IntheEastRoomsigningceremony,Obamasaid,"Thisiscommon-sensereform.ItpromotesaccountabilityattheVA;itensuresoversightbyCongress;itisfiscallyresponsiblebynotaddingadimetothedeficit;anditensuresthatveterans'healthcarewillnolongerbeheldhostagetotheannualbudgetbattlesinWashington."Thenewlawwillprovidefundingoneyearinadvanceforveteransmedicalprograms,soifCongresscontinuesinitspatternoffailingtoapprovetheVAbudgetatitsscheduledtime,therewillbenolapseinfunding.Advancefundingwilltakeeffectwiththefiscal2011budget.Inordertosecurethatmoneybeforehand,however,thenewlawwillrequiretheVAtosubmitanestimateofitsfundingneedstothenonpartisanGovernmentAccountabilityOfficeforreview.Thatreviewwillthenbemadepublic,hencethe"transparency"ofthelaw.


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