3-1-2013

Fund VA Budget One Year in Advance

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (Fla.) and Ranking Member Mike Michaud (Maine) introduced the “Putting Veterans Funding First Act” (H.R. 813) this week, legislation that would require Congress to fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget a year in advance.  This would provide budget authority over two fiscal years, ensuring that all VA programs have timely, predictable funding in an era where continuing resolutions and threats of government shutdowns are all too common.

Currently, Congress provides advanced funding for the VA’s health care programs as a result of FRA-supported legislation enacted in 2009 (P. L. 81-111). Approving the remainder of VA’s discretionary budget up front – roughly $8 billion – would make it easier for VA to plan for key investments in information technology, claims processing improvements and construction projects.

Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their Representative to support the bill.