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Congress passes department’s budget on time


 
WASHINGTON — House lawmakers finalized the fiscal 2019 Veterans Affairs and military construction budgets on Thursday, sending the full-year spending plan to the president ahead of the new fiscal year deadline for only the second time in nine years.

The plan contains a funding boost of more than 6 percent for VA next year, pushing the department’s total budget over $200 billion for the first time. At $209 billion in total spending, the department’s budget has nearly quadrupled over the last 17 years.

The House vote — 377 to 20 — came a day after Senate lawmakers offered similar overwhelming support for the measure, and just a few hours after congressional leaders announced a plan to finalize the fiscal 2019 budgets for the Defense Department and several other non-military agencies by the end of this month, avoiding a government shutdown.

 
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