Washington, D.C. — Tonight, Congressmen Mike Bost (IL-12) voted to provide a $4.6 billion increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) above its current funding. This legislation totals $68.7 billion, which is 5.6 percent more than last year’s level of funding.
“As a veteran and member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m happy this legislation will provide our America’s heroes with improved medical care at VA facilities by investing in technology that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of veterans’ health services,” said Rep. Bost. “By investing in new technology and improving accountability at the ground level, we’re empowering the VA with the resources necessary to care for every qualified veteran in need of care.”
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act Provides:
A $4.6 billion increase for medical care, a 5.6 percent increase from last year;
$562 million for major construction, the same as last year’s allocation;
An increase of $4.0 billion for information technology investments to continue to improve veterans’ health care; and
Resources on putting Veteran’s care first and provides the much-needed oversight, transparency and accountability that taxpayers deserve.