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Following VA Bookkeeping Issues, Tester, McCain, Kaine, Manchin Introduce Responsible Budgeting Bill
(U.S. Senate) – In response to continued concerns about the VA’s inability to track its budget and spending of the Choice Program, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure the VA is budgeting accurately and responsibly.
The Senators’ VA Financial Accountability Act will require the VA to make any funding requests outside of the normal budget process at least 45 days before a veteran could be cut off from their health care or benefits. The bill also requires the VA to provide a justification and spending plan when the agency requests more funding. The bill also triggers a third party review of the VA’s financial processes, including how the VA tracks its budget and spending.
“The VA’s inability to provide Congress with an accurate budget is hurting veterans and taxpayers across this nation,” said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “We can’t keep allocating money to the VA without more accountability over their budget and spending practices. This bill will give us more confidence in the VA’s ability to budget in a way that ensures veterans are getting the very best care.”
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