President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Congress to pass the MISSION Act, which would allow veterans to choose where they get healthcare, by Memorial Day.
House votes today on Choice/MISSION Act. Who will stand with our Great Vets, caregivers, and Veterans Service Organizations? Must get Choice passed by Memorial Day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2018
The bill is backed by almost 40 veterans groups and has broad bipartisan support, with the House Veterans Affairs Committee voting to approve it 20-2.
The Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Robert Wilkie, asked Congress on Monday to pass the bill before funding for the VA Choice program, which is what allows veterans to choose to seek health care outside the VA, runs out, which could happen as early as May 31.
Trump previously tweeted that he would sign the bill “immediately.”
This spring marks 4yrs since the Phoenix VA crisis. We won’t forget what happened to our GREAT VETS. Choice is vital, but the program needs work & is running out of $. Congress must fix Choice Program by Memorial Day so VETS can get the care they deserve. I will sign immediately!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
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