09 Oct '17, 3pm

Senators want more oversight of VA budgets, spending

WASHINGTON — Tired of emergency funding requests from Veterans Affairs officials, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing new legislation mandating new outside oversight of the department to spur better budgeting practices. “Over the past several months, we’ve seen the VA lurch from funding crisis to funding crisis because of its inability to effectively manage its budget,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and one of the proposal’s sponsors. “Our veterans deserve to have certainty that their access to quality care in the community through the Veterans Choice program will continue uninterrupted. Our legislation would require the VA to responsibly and accurately manage its budget to eliminate future funding crises and give veterans the confidence in their care they deserve.” The move comes just days before congressional lawmakers and VA officials are expected to unveil plans...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2017/10/09/senator...

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