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Foster Votes to Support Veterans and Military Families

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Location: Washington, DC

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Passes House

As part of his continued efforts to stand up for our troops, veterans and military families, Rep. Bill Foster voted today to pass the fiscal year 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. The bill passed the House by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 415-3.

"It is important that we provide our troops, our veterans and our military families with the funding and support that will promote their success both overseas and back home," said Foster. "I am proud of the investments that were made in the bill passed by the House today, and I will continue to work on behalf of the brave men and women who serve or have served in our armed forces."

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill is one of twelve annual discretionary spending bills passed each year by Congress to fund agency operating budgets.

The legislation provides nearly $109 billion for veterans' medical care, claims processors and facility improvements. In addition, the bill provides $48.2 billion in advance appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for three medical accounts: medical services, medical support and compliance and medical facilities. These advance appropriations will ensure timely and predictable funding for the veterans health care system.

The bill is supported by many veterans' service organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS.

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