Bush took 2.5 Billion out of VA funding only to give back 1.64 billion. We are still shorted 1.40 Billion in our VA budget that should be approved for the full 2.5 billion. Bush is still not on the right track untill we get back all the money that he stole from the VA Budget in 2004.

From: Veterans Press [mailto:Vetspress@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV]
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2005 5:14 PM
To: PRESS_RELEASES-VR00@LS1.HOUSE.GOV
Subject: HOUSE PASSES APPROPRIATIONS BILL H.R. 2528, WITH VETERANS HEALTHC ARE, INCREASE OF $1.64 BILLION

HOUSE PASSES APPROPRIATIONS BILL H.R. 2528, WITH VETERANS HEALTHCARE, INCREASE OF $1.64 BILLION

Washington, DC – Today by a vote of 425-1, the House passed H.R. 2528, the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Quality of Life Appropriations Act. The bill provides an increase of $1.64 billion over FY05 funding levels for veterans healthcare.
“The $1.64 billion increase will allow veterans to receive the quality healthcare and medical services that they so richly deserve,” said Chairman Buyer. The bill also provides significant funding for veterans’ specialty mental health programs, including PTSD treatment. “America’s warriors and their families can rest assured that VA will be funded at an increased level in order to treat battlefield exposures to shock, trauma and the stressors of combat,” Chairman Buyer added.

Chairman Buyer has worked to increase funding for veterans in several areas:
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION

INSPECTOR GENERAL
Office of Inspector General (OIG)
– The bill provides $70,174,000 for the Office of Inspector General, an increase of $1,021,000 over last year's funding level. The funding increase will assist OIG in overseeing the quality of health care services, identifying internal control vulnerabilities in benefits payment processes, and detecting waste, fraud and abuse through extensive review and analysis of VA databases and matching initiatives.
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