Congress questions DOD moving funds out of healthcare

The House members said that the reprogramming request, in which the Pentagon asks Congress to OK shifting already budgeted funds to different accounts, calls into question the need to raise Tricare fees.

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“We have heard that ‘Tricare is crippling’ the DOD,” the lawmakers write. “This does not appear to be the case if DOD has a $708 million surplus in FY 2012.”

The lawmakers said they would attempt to block the reprogramming request until they are given an explanation of where exactly the funds would be moved, and have asked for a Pentagon briefing.

Congress must approve the reprogramming request before it can go through.

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