Washington ā€“ U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after House passage of the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act:

ā€œI consistently hear from veterans in Southern Illinois about the red tape they have to cut through to get in to see their doctors. Iā€™m encouraged today that we were able to come together in the House behind this bipartisan legislation that will make sure our veterans have access to care while we continue to work on a long-term solution.ā€

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed this legislation. The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act would eliminate the statutory sunset date for the Choice Program and instead allow the program to continue until the original funding has been expended.