05 Jun '18, 8pm

Senators want an even bigger funding boost for VA in fiscal 2019

Senators want an even bigger funding boost for VA in fiscal 2019

WASHINGTON — Senate appropriators on Tuesday backed an increase for the Veterans Affairs budget even larger than the boost outlined in President Donald Trump’s request earlier this year , a move that would push the department’s funding closer to the $200 billion mark. The proposed $86.4 billion in discretionary spending for the department in fiscal 2019, approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s veterans panel, is 5.7 percent above VA’s fiscal 2018 budget and about $1.1 billion more than what the White House and House lawmakers are eyeing. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and chairman of the subcommittee, said the extra funding isn’t intended to fill any singular oversight. Rather, the money is spread across a host of priorities. “There is so much going on with the system right now, we just felt this was money that would be useful,” he said. “There is concern (with loomi...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/06/05/senator...

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