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House Passes Legislation to Extend VA Authorities

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Washington, September 25, 2017 | comments

Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brian Mast (R-Mich.) released the following statements after the House passed legislation introduced by Rep. Mast this morning to extend a number of expiring authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

“The heroic men and women that I fought alongside in our Armed Forces have earned the very best care our country has to offer, but without this immediate action from Congress, veterans could have lost access to benefits, health care, support for the homeless and more,” Rep. Mast said. “The Senate must now do its part and get this commonsense, bipartisan bill to the President’s desk!”

“The men and women who have served our nation, along with their caregivers, dependents and survivors, rely on key programs at VA for support,” said Chairman Roe. “I thank Rep. Mast for his leadership on this essential legislation to extend the authorities of many VA programs and aid in the administration’s implementation of the Forever GI Bill.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017 would extend a number of expiring authorities impacting veterans’ benefits, health care, and homeless programs, including nursing home care, support services for caregivers, transportation, child care assistance, adaptive sports programs and housing and home loan services. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.

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