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The days of ever-increasing budgets for the Department of Veterans Affairs may be over, according to comments from the new chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said after the committee’s first meeting of the new congressional session that he doesn’t think the problems facing the massive veterans bureaucracy stem from a lack of funding. “I think we have enough money in the VA system to do our mission,” he said. “I think we’re just not spending it wisely. “I think we have the resources there, we just have to spend the money smarter. I think we can work with the budget we have.” The department’s budget for fiscal 2017 totals $176.9 billion, including mandatory benefits spending and $74.4 billion in discretionary funds. In fiscal 2001, the VA budget was $45 billion for discretionary and mandatory funds. Much of that increase cam...

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