LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(Washington D.C.) – U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga)--Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs—along with U.S. Representatives Phil Roe (R-Tenn) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today applauded the signing by President Donald Trump of critical legislation to ensure veterans have continued access to health care in their own communities.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin informed the Senate VA Committee of an impending shortfall in funds for the Veterans Choice Program at a committee hearing on June 15. In response, Senate and House VA Committee leaders worked together to pass the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize and appropriate funding for the VA to continue the Veterans Choice Program and strengthen VA care.
The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 passed the House by a vote of 414-0 on July 28, and it was approved by the Senate on August 1.
“This bill will ensure veterans can access critical health care services, whether it’s at the VA or at a nearby community clinic,” said Tester. “It shows what’s possible when we work together, put politics aside, and commit ourselves to honoring those who courageously served our nation.”
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