Committee Approves Bill Increasing Funding for Veterans

Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released a statement today after a bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and Military Construction was approved by the House Appropriations Committee:

“It is our duty as Americans to ensure the well-being of our men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedoms. I’m pleased to see that this bill continues to address matters within the VA Hospitals and reinforces the priority of exceptional, timely healthcare options for our veterans. While the president plays games with the VA budget without addressing the real issues our veterans are facing, our bill makes strong investments in our veterans by putting the veteran and their family first.”

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill provides $76.6 billion in discretionary funding, nearly $5 billion above last year’s funding level, a 5.6% increase. Of that increase, $4.1 billion goes directly towards providing our veterans with the resources and services they earned and deserve. This increased funding will be used to enhance VA medical care and facilities, improve veterans’ wait-times for care, and strengthen oversight of the taxpayers’ dollars.