Trump Signs Veterans Affairs Legislation as He Condemns Violence in Charlottesville

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

President Donald Trump signed the Veterans Affair Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 on Saturday, which is created to get veterans treated quicker and with the doctors they want. At a separate bill signing ceremony on Saturday, Trump authorized $3.9 billion in VA spending.

The bill, VA Choice and Quality Employment Act, received broad support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress on it way to Trump's desk.

The legislation Mr. Trump signed Saturday also authorizes leases for more than two dozen VA medical facilities and is supposed to improve the department's ability to recruit and train needed workers. "From chemotherapy to life-saving surgeries, this critical program allows Nevada's veterans to receive medical services that the VA can not provide and for veterans in rural areas to seek care closer to home". "It's been going on for a long, long time", Trump said while making remarks in Bedminster, N.J.

The funding bill fills a budget shortfall at the VA and allows the Veterans Choice Program to continue.

President Obama was compelled to sign the choice program amid the reports of veterans at a VA clinic in Phoenix dying while stuck on wait list.

The care program was created to let veterans who'd waited weeks for an appointment or who lived far from a VA clinic to seek care at a private facility, with the costs covered by taxpayers.

Trump praised Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, calling him a "star" in his administration. In several instances, veterans died before they were able to receive medical treatment at the facilities.

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