Obama signs law ending budget delays for veterans care
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama signed legislation to speed up money for veterans health care, making good on a promise he made as a candidate to break through the delays common in Washington.
At a ceremony in the East Room, Obama signed the Veterans Health Care and Budget Reform and Transparency Act. He called the legislation, which he helped sponsor as a senator, "a victory" for all veterans.
"For the VA, this means timely, sufficient and predictable funding from year to year. For VA hospitals and clinics, it means more time to budget, to recruit high-quality professionals, and to invest in new health care equipment," he said. "And most of all, for our veterans it will mean better access to the doctors and nurses and the medical care that they need."
The legislation fixes a situation where money for veterans care is delayed because of budget fights in Washington. Under the new law, money will be advanced by a year.
"This is inexcusable," Obama said of the delays which have happened each year for most of the past two decades. "It's unacceptable. It's time for it to stop."