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Trump signs Veterans Affairs bill at New Jersey golf club

Trump signs Veterans Affairs bill at New Jersey golf club
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President Trump on Saturday signed an emergency spending bill that adds more than $2 billion toward a program that offers veterans private medical care paid for by the government.

Trump campaigned on the promise of working to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and on Saturday signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act from his New Jersey golf club.

"Today is another milestone in our work to transform the VA," Trump said, adding that Secretary of Veterans Affairs David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Former VA chief Shulkin: 'Chaos' probably a 'pretty accurate term' to describe Trump White House Veterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA MORE is "a star."

"This bill will ensure that veterans continue to have the ability to see a doctor of their choice, so important, and don't have to wait or travel long distances for care," he said. 

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The bill addresses budget problems at the VA that called into question whether thousands of veterans would be able to receive medical care. The bill provides $2.1 billion to continue funding the Veterans Choice Program, a program that gives veterans the opportunity to seek private care. 

"We're getting candidates that are of the highest quality into the VA system now," Trump said Saturday. "So that our veterans have more choices and more access to the absolute best possible care." 

Trump recognized Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Sens. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Senate eyes Kavanaugh floor vote next week MORE (R-Ga.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Biden: American values being 'shredded' under Trump Trump says Heller won lone Nevada Senate debate: 'He beat her very badly' MORE (R-Nev.) for their work on the bill, which passed handily through the House and Senate. He also thanked Democratic Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota and Democratic Montana Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Overnight Energy: Outdoor retailer Patagonia makes first Senate endorsements | EPA withdraws Obama uranium milling rule | NASA chief sees 'no reason' to dismiss UN climate report Trump on 'I love you' from rally crowd: 'I finally heard it from a woman' MORE, pointing out the bill's bipartisan support. 

"See, I can do it," the president said.