Trump Signs Veterans Affairs Legislation as He Condemns Violence in Charlottesville

Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 13, 2017

In addition to speaking about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump signed an emergency spending bill on Saturday that provides more than $2 billion for services for services for veterans.

He also signed a law that would allow $2 billion to open new Veterans Affairs department medical facilities and fund medical care for veterans seeking a private doctor.

"Today is another milestone in our work to transform the VA, where we're doing record-setting business", Mr. Trump said, calling the bill another campaign promise he's accomplished.

The president signed the VA Voice and Quality Employment Act in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The choice program needed an immediate infusion of cash to carry it through into the new fiscal year, which begins October 1.

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Heller's statement noted the program ensures veterans have access to certain services, including surgeries and life-saving treatments that the VA can not provide.

Subsequent inspector general's investigations confirmed that supervisors in some clinics across the country were denying veterans speedy care, sometimes using secret wait lists so they could hide the problems and collect performance bonuses.

The intent of the bill is to make sure veterans get care and not just wait for appointments, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said.

Trump did not take any questions after signing the legislation.

The care program was created to let veterans who'd waited weeks for an appointment or who lived far from a VA clinic to seek care at a private facility, with the costs covered by taxpayers.

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