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Trump signs $3.9 billion veterans healthcare spending boost into law

Staff Writer |
President Donald Trump signed a large spending bill aimed at reforming the Veterans Healthcare Administration, fulfilling a central promise from his campaign.

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The bill, VA Choice and Quality Employment Act, received broad support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress on it way to Trump's desk. In all, it allocated $3.9 billion in spending.

The largest chunk, $2.1 billion, will be used to expand a program to ensure care for veterans who live in rural areas, far from VA hospitals or clinics.

The remaining $1.8 billion will go toward hiring more staff, improving existing VA facilities and opening 28 new VA clinics across the country.

At a bill-signing ceremony broadcast live on the White House Facebook page from Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., the president said the legislation would help improve care for the nation's military veterans.

"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.

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