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Trump signs largest VA budget, fulfilling campaign promise to veterans

President Donald Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2019 budget into law on Friday – $200 billion.

President Trump signed in the largest spending measure in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday.

This new measure passed a day after comprehensive spending package of over $800 billion to keep the government open through December 7.  The department’s budget gets an increase of more than 6 percent and putting the total spending for the VA over $200 billion for the first time.

Trump signed the bill at a North Las Vegas VA Medical Center and praised the large spending measure as a fulfilled campaign promise to the nation’s veterans.

The bill incorporates $1.1 billion for the inception of a VA electronic health records improvement with $400 million for opioid abuse prevention within the V.A., both efforts promoted by Trump in the past.

The bill also includes $1.75 billion increase from money linked to the VA Mission Act past over the summer along with a rewrite of the department’s community care programs and extending veterans ability to access private healthcare.

 

 

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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