BRADLEY AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR VETERANS' HEALTH CARE PASSES HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE
Will increase budget authority by nearly $800 million for fiscal year 2007
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, during the House Budget Committee markup of the fiscal year 2007 Budget Resolution, First District Congressman Jeb Bradley offered an amendment that would increase new discretionary budget authority for veterans' health care by $795 million in fiscal year 2007 and by $3.975 billion over the next five years. Bradley's amendment, which is fully offset, passed the Committee unanimously by voice vote.
"We owe it to those who have served our country to ensure that they have quality health care and benefits," stated Bradley, who serves on the House Budget and Veterans Affairs Committees. "With an aging veteran population and a growing number of servicemen and women returning from military service, it is vital that funding for veterans' health care is sufficient in order to meet increased demand for services. My amendment will ensure that the VA has the funds it needs to continue providing top medical care to our nation's veterans without implementing enrollment fees or increasing drug co-payment fees."