Landmark Legislative Victory for Veterans!

October 23, 2009

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 22, 2009, President Obama signed H.R. 1016 into law.  Public Law 111-81 secures timely funding for veterans’ health care delivered through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced the bill on February 12, 2009 in order to provide Congress greater ability to craft appropriation bills that provide sufficient funding to meet the best estimate of anticipated demand for VA health care services by allowing funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical accounts one year in advance.  Chairman Filner offered the following statement: “Under this new law, Congress will write and approve two budgets for the VA this year: one to provide fiscal 2010 total funding and another to provide fiscal 2011 funding for certain VA medical accounts.  Now, veterans’ health care can be funded one year in advance of the regular appropriations process and will not be subject to political or legislative delays.  This needed reform of the budget and appropriations process will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs a more effective way to provide the highest quality care earned by men and women who have served in defense of our nation.”


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