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House panel taking steps to boost Veterans Affairs budget

By on June 12, 2017

By Andrew Taylor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans controlling the House are taking the first steps to approve President Donald Trump’s big budget increase for veterans’ health care and the Pentagon.

At stake is an $89 billion spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Pentagon construction projects that’s scheduled for a preliminary panel vote on Monday. The bill would give the VA a 5 percent budget hike for the budget year beginning in October as the agency works to improve wait times and correct other problems.

The Defense Department, meanwhile, would receive a $2 billion, 10 percent increase for military construction projects at bases in both the U.S. and abroad.

Republicans are still struggling to come up with a broader budget that would dictate spending levels for other agencies.

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