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 ShulkinFormer Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank 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 IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHouse Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa Overnight Health Care: Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by T | Trump proposes removing FDA authority over tobacco | Lawmakers frustrated by lack of emergency funds for coronavirus MORE (R-Ga.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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) TesterDemocratic senator: 'The ultimate of ironies' for Trump to hit Romney for invoking his faith Committee on Veterans Affairs sends important message during tense Senate time Democrats cry foul over Schiff backlash MORE, pointing out the bill's bipartisan support. 

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