24 Jul '17, 11pm

Proposed VA Choice funding fix fails in House vote

WASHINGTON — House Republicans suffered a surprising setback during a full chamber vote on veterans funding Monday which put in doubt the future of the controversial Veterans Affairs Choice program, with just days left to find another solution. A proposed fix that would have provided $2 billion to the health care program over the next six months failed to get enough votes to meet parliamentary requirements, failing despite a majority-backed tally of 219-186. Under rules, a two-thirds majority was needed to advance the measure. The move left Republican leaders upset at what they saw as a reversal of an agreement with key chamber Democrats on the program fix. During floor debate, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., called the measure a critical and direct solution to the problem. “We know that veteran demand for care through Choice has never be...

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