10 July 2009

House passes appropriations bill on military construction and veterans affairs

This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed 415-3 the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010, HR 3082. The House-passed bill can be found here on Thomas. The results of the roll call vote can be found here.

Highlights of the bill are a boost in health care to injured servicemembers from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as other veterans. It would also increase the funding for new barracks, day care centers and gym facilities for troops and their families. There is an overall 12 percent increase for veterans medical services.

Congressman Bob Filner (D-Calif), who chairs the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, noted that "unlike any veterans funding bill before it, this legislation provides funding for medical-related accounts for the next fiscal year one year in advance. Responding to 19 late budges over the course of the last 22 years, this bill delivers adequate and timely funding for veterans' health care and offers a historic new approach to caring for our veterans." Filner's press release can be found here.

Earlier this year a Congressional report was issued on the bill which can be found here. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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