Trump signs VA bill

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to veterans during a campaign stop at the Savannah Center

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to veterans during a campaign stop at the Savannah Center

President Trump signs S. 544, the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington in April.

In addition to speaking about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump signed an emergency spending bill on Saturday that provides more than $2 billion for services for services for veterans.

"Today is another milestone in our work to transform the VA, where we're doing record-setting business", Mr. Trump said, calling the bill another campaign promise he's accomplished.

Mr. Trump signed the new legislation while on a working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. "From chemotherapy to life-saving surgeries, this critical program allows Nevada's veterans to receive medical services that the VA can not provide and for veterans in rural areas to seek care closer to home".

"This bill will ensure that veterans continue to have the ability to see a doctor of their choice, so important, and don't have to wait or travel long distances for care", Trump said.

The care program was created to let veterans who'd waited weeks for an appointment or who lived far from a VA clinic to seek care at a private facility, with the costs covered by taxpayers.

Heller's statement noted the program ensures veterans have access to certain services, including surgeries and life-saving treatments that the VA can not provide. He also said the legislation would make it easier for the federal government to fire VA employees. It's been going on for a long time in our country. In several instances, veterans died before they were able to receive medical treatment at the facilities.

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