Senate passes VA Choice funding deal, sends bill to White House

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday evening passed a funding deal to provide $2.1 billion to the nearly bankrupt Veterans Choice Program while investing another $1.8 billion in Department of Veterans Affairs personnel and facilities.

The bill, a bipartisan compromise negotiated between House and Senate lawmakers last week, would avert the threat of interrupted medical care for thousands of veterans and inject enough money into the Choice program to keep it going for the next six months. In June, VA Secretary David Shulkin warned the program, which allows veterans to receive health care in the private sector, would be completely depleted of funds by mid-August.

The House unanimously passed the deal Friday, the last day for House lawmakers to act before leaving for a monthlong recess. Senators will leave Washington for a recess later in the month. VA Choice

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