Democratic Party

House moves to fill VA's budget gap despite vets' objections

The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care. But the plan was meeting resistance from many Democrats following stiff protests from veterans' groups.

It remained uncertain if the bill would attract two-thirds of the vote needed to pass.

Lawmakers are expected to vote later Monday on a bill to provide a six-month funding fix to Choice, which offers veterans federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump. Put in place after a 2014 wait-time scandal at the Phoenix VA hospital, the Choice...

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