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WHAT: Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s Staff to Hold Veterans Open Office Hours in Manchester
WHEN: Monday, August, 21th, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Sweeney Post
251 Maple St, Manchester, NH 03303
On the second try, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan bill to extend funding for the program that pays for veterans to access private medical care.
An earlier version of the legislation was defeated on Monday after several veterans groups and Democrats banded together, arguing that the $2 billion in emergency funding being offered to extend the Veterans Choice program shouldn’t come out of the Veterans Affairs budget.
Congressional leaders have reportedly reached a deal to keep a federal program that pays for veterans to get private medical care from shuttering after House members failed to meet the two-thirds majority needed to approve $2 billion in emergency funding earlier this week.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that leadership in the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees had reached a new deal to keep afloat the Veterans Choice program, which was set to run out of money early next month.
John O’Leary of Manchester is a Vietnam veteran who wants the Veterans Administration to pay for his health care — he just doesn’t want the agency to provide it.
“You keep hearing these stories about the VA and it’s scary. There are a lot of good regular docs in Manchester, so that’s who I try and see,” he said.