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Wilson Welcomes House Passage of VA Funding

Location: Washington, DC

Wilson Welcomes House Passage of VA Funding

Wilson Supports $975 Million for Veterans Health Care

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Heather Wilson today welcomed House passage late Thursday by a 419-0 vote of $975 million for veterans health care.

The fiscal year 2005 supplemental appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs address increased costs associated with providing quality health care to our nation's veterans.

"We need to make sure we provide good quality healthcare for veterans," Wilson said.

Last week, the VA told the Congress they face a shortfall because of faulty projections of health care costs. In House testimony, VA officials said that they had used a two-year old financial model to make their original requests. As a result, they underestimated both long term care costs and the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans needing care by about $1 billion this year.

"I'm disappointed that the VA did not tell the Congress more promptly when they discovered the problem. But the Congress has acted quickly to address it so that we can make sure VA healthcare will be properly funded this year and next year," Wilson said.

Wilson said the funding increase honors the nation's commitment to health care for veterans, and recognizes their sacrifice and dedication.

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