WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is advancing the first of 12 spending bills for the budget year beginning Oct. 1, a popular measure providing more money for veterans’ programs, including health care.
The boost for veterans comes even as the House marches ahead with a plan that would require most other domestic programs to absorb even deeper cuts next year than those in place now after the imposition of across-the-board spending cuts.
Those cuts, known as sequestration, would wring more than $100 billion from the $3.6 trillion federal budget, most of which comes from the approximately $1 trillion “discretionary” portion of the budget approved by Congress each year to fund the day-to-day operations of federal agencies.
The veterans measure also contains additional money to process disability claims to ease lengthy backlogs.
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