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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 ShulkinBiden's nominee for VA secretary isn't a veteran — does it matter? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal A crisis that unites veterans 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 IsaksonLoeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory Five big takeaways on Georgia's new election law 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) TesterAmericans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster Overnight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform MORE, pointing out the bill's bipartisan support. 

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