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Congress Continues Legislation Spree, Passes VA MISSION Act

The bill will help veterans access health care outside the troubled VA system. Now, the House pivots to consider the National Defense Authorization Act.

By NTK Staff | 05.24.2018 @10:00am
Congress Continues Legislation Spree, Passes VA MISSION Act

After passing Dodd-Frank reform, ‘right to try,’ and prison reform bills on Tuesday, Congress continued its legislative streak on Wednesday with the passage of the VA MISSION Act by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin.

The bill passed 92-5 in the U.S. Senate. Last week it passed the House 347-70, with only 70 of 193 Democrats opposed.

According to CQ, the bill:

…would consolidate programs that allow veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA into a new singular entity, the Veterans Community Care Program. The bill would continue the current VA Choice Program for one year, and would authorize an additional $5.2 billion for the costs of providing non-VA medical care through the old program and for transitioning to the new program.

The House of Representatives, meanwhile, spent Wednesday voting on amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is one of only a few legislative priorities in Congress that still receives annual votes.

It appears Congress is trying to clear the deck before summer and fall campaign season kicks in.

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