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Bradley Votes for Veterans Funding Supplemental Bill

Location: Washington, DC

Friday, July 1, 2005

Supplemental will cover VA budget shortfall, help to ensure no lapses in veterans health care

(Washington, D.C.) - Last night, First District Congressman Jeb Bradley voted for the veterans' health care funding supplemental, which passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming support. The bill would provide an additional $975 million to supplement the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) fiscal year 2005 budget. This funding is urgently needed due to the VA's announcement last week that it has a budget shortfall of nearly $1 billion, the result of incorrect budget projections.

"Our veterans deserve the best health care and benefits possible, and we should never falter in our promise to those who have sacrificed for our country," said Bradley, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. "This legislation corrects a serious shortfall and allows Congress to carefully review the current budget forecasting procedures used by the VA. We owe it to our veterans to ensure that clinics remain open and continue to provide quality health care."

As a member of the House Budget Committee, Bradley also played an important role in amending the recently passed budget. His amendment added an additional $229 million to this year's funding and $1.15 billion over the next five years for veterans' health care.

"Despite my amendment, more funding is necessary as troops return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I will monitor this situation closely to make certain we maintain the commitment to our nation's veterans," Bradley concluded.

Once the Senate passes the same version of this supplemental and President Bush signs the bill into law, the funds would be released to the VA immediately.

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