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Capitol Health Call
August 10, 2005

Veterans’ Budget Gap

JAMA. 2005;294(6):673. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.673-b

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.