Disclosure of a $1-billion shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs
budget for fiscal year 2005 has sent lawmakers scrambling to provide additional
funding to cover veterans’ health costs. The shortfall could reach $2.6
billion in fiscal year 2006.
The Senate voted unanimously on June 29 to tack $1.5 billion in emergency
funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs onto the FY 2006 Department of
the Interior appropriations bill. The House of Representatives voted unanimously
on June 30 to pass a $975 million fiscal year 2005 supplemental appropriation
for the department.
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