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Veterans Health Care Funding Reform Bill Promises Transparency, Accountability
Date:2/12/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Disabled American Veterans today applauds the introduction of much-needed legislation that provides sufficient, timely and predictable funding for veterans health care and an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability to the budget process.

"The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act is all about making government more efficient, transparent and accountable. These are three key elements that President Obama, Congress and veterans all agree are needed in these challenging times," said DAV National Commander Raymond E. Dempsey. "Now, more than ever, it is absolutely imperative for Congress to end the old-style partisan politics of gridlock and reform the budget process to ensure that veterans, particularly sick and disabled veterans, have access to quality and timely health care," he said.

Dempsey praised the bill's sponsors for their bipartisan commitment to America's veterans. "We are grateful to the bill's lead sponsors, Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) in the Senate, and Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (Calif.) and Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) in the House. We also have the full support of Senator Tim Johnson (S.D.) and Rep. Phil Hare (Ill.), both of whom have led Congressional efforts for mandatory funding of veterans health care in prior Congresses, and are now backing this effort," Dempsey said. Other cosponsors include Sens. Begich (Alaska), Bingaman (N.M.), Boxer (Calif.), Feingold (Wis.), Landrieu (La.), Lautenberg (N.J.), Menendez (N.J.), Murkowski (Alaska), Rockefeller (W.Va.), Sanders (Vt.), Stabenow (Mich.), Thune (S.D.) and Vitter (La.). Other House cosponsors include Reps. Michaud (Maine) and Herseth Sandlin (S.D.).

The measure would authorize Congress to approve VA medical care appropriations one year in advance of the start of each fiscal ye
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