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.