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 IsaksonOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states New Georgia senator takes spot on health committee Loeffler sworn in to Georgia seat MORE (R-Ga.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerLobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play This week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report 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) TesterPelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week Pelosi says she'll send articles of impeachment to Senate 'soon' Pressure building on Pelosi over articles of impeachment MORE, pointing out the bill's bipartisan support. 

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