From the Office of Congressman Jeb Bradley
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, during the House Budget Committee markup of the fiscal year 2007 Budget Resolution, First District Congressman Jeb Bradley offered an amendment that would increase new discretionary budget authority for veterans' health care by $795 million in fiscal year 2007 and by $3.975 billion over the next five years. Bradley's amendment, which is fully offset, passed the Committee unanimously by voice vote.
"We owe it to those who have served our country to ensure that they have quality health care and benefits," stated Bradley, who serves on the House Budget and Veterans Affairs Committees. "With an aging veteran population and a growing number of servicemen and women returning from military service, it is vital that funding for veterans' health care is sufficient in order to meet increased demand for services. My amendment will ensure that the VA has the funds it needs to continue providing top medical care to our nation's veterans without implementing enrollment fees or increasing drug co-payment fees."
Bradley has been working with Chairman Nussle since the President released his budget proposal in early February to ensure that co-payments for veterans' prescription drugs are not included in the Budget Resolution. Last year, Bradley was successful in having an amendment added to the fiscal year 2006 Budget Resolution that would increase new discretionary budget authority for veterans by $229 million in fiscal year 2006 and by $1.15 billion over the next five years.
Dr. Brian Matchett, Past Department Commander of the NH Disabled American Veterans, stated, "Congressman Bradley is a tireless human services advocate for veterans in New Hampshire. We appreciate his work on this amendment, which will allow more veterans in our state and across the country to receive the medical services they need."
The budget resolution is expected to pass the Budget Committee later tonight and be voted on by the entire House of Representatives next week.