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Obama signs law ending budget delays for veterans care

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama signed legislation to speed up money for veterans health care, making good on a promise he made as a candidate to break through the delays common in Washington.

At a ceremony in the East Room, Obama signed the Veterans Health Care and Budget Reform and Transparency Act. He called the legislation, which he helped sponsor as a senator, "a victory" for all veterans.

"For the VA, this means timely, sufficient and predictable funding from year to year. For VA hospitals and clinics, it means more time to budget, to recruit high-quality professionals, and to invest in new health care equipment," he said. "And most of all, for our veterans it will mean better access to the doctors and nurses and the medical care that they need."

The legislation fixes a situation where money for veterans care is delayed because of budget fights in Washington. Under the new law, money will be advanced by a year.

"This is inexcusable," Obama said of the delays which have happened each year for most of the past two decades. "It's unacceptable. It's time for it to stop."

Posted at 3:52 PM ET on Oct 22, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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military here. Obama is awesome. cheney is anything but. outtie.

Posted by: joshuaealy | October 24, 2009 6:01 PM

I agree with all those who ask, "why isn't this a front page story?" I have two daughters in the military one currently serving in Afghanistan and also a grandson in the Air Force. I would like to read what the President is doing for our military not was Dick Cheney is spouting. Cheney and Bush were in the White House for 8 years and did NOTHING about Afghanistan. They spent all their time making up lies so we end up fighting an unnecessary war in Iraq. Put any Cheney news on the back page somewhere in the classified section under 'useless items'.

Posted by: alesterp | October 23, 2009 12:57 PM

This is yet another sign of how Obama is in touch with the needs of the average person. It is one thing to preach patriotism and say we should support the troops, but this is putting your money where your mouth is.

Posted by: rld333 | October 23, 2009 10:26 AM

the president made his speech yesterday, and as of today I have had to search to find anything on it, so much for recognition of the veterans, its no differant then veterans day in nov, thats when the poor old veteran goes to work and the government employees get the day off with pay to honor the poor old dumb sucker that was sadly taken in by the love of his country

Posted by: ekirch | October 23, 2009 9:51 AM

To the front page editor:

WHY is this not on the front page above the fold??? That is where it should be if you cared one twit for the men & women who have & are serving our country regardless where or for what reason.

Instead you indulge the egomaniac needs of a former Vice President who did absolutely NOTHING for our military personnel or their families.

These decisions are yours & you should hang your head in shame!

Posted by: momshugs | October 23, 2009 12:23 AM

President Obama making good on another promise...knee jerk and just plain jerk critics take note

Posted by: teoc2 | October 22, 2009 8:20 PM

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