Richard Shelby

Trump signs veterans health bill as White House works against bipartisan plan to fund it

Trump signs veterans health bill as White House works against bipartisan plan to fund it

President Donald Trump is fighting a bipartisan plan to fund the much-touted expansion of veterans health care he signed into law on Wednesday, as the White House argues against a boost in federal spending to fund the new initiative.

The VA Mission Act authorizes an expansion of veterans' access to private health care, but the bill does not reserve federal money to pay for it. A group of powerful Senate committee chairmen from both parties aims to remedy that by advancing a separate measure for the new $50 billion law, saying it is the best way to ensure the new programs give veterans access to medical care.

But the White House has been lobbying Republicans to vote the plan...

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