Trump budget calls for increased funding for Veterans Administration

Trump budget calls for increased...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Like any proposal under a presidential administration, the proposed budget released by the Trump administration has received both criticism and praise by lawmakers.

Part of the proposal calls for an increase to the Veterans Administration.

When it comes to resources supporting veterans, U.S. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware tells 47ABC the U.S. as a whole has come a long way.

"Can we do a better job? Sure, we can and the administration has fortunately not called for the gutting or diminishing funding for in the VA the proposed budget. We're happy to see that," says the democratic Senator.

The increase to the Veterans Administration is to the tune of 29 billion dollars for the next decade for the Choice program. It would allow veterans to seek outside medical care from private doctors, but where Senator Carper is concerned is the possible reduction in Medicaid funding.

"Most of the money that we spend through Medicaid today is for older people, people 65 and older. A number of them are veterans," explains Carper. "We don't think about that, but there probably about 2 million veterans in the country. Many of them are in nursing homes, some of them have dementia, and they have no assets."

ABC News reports the budget would slash Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by more than 600 billion dollars over the next ten years.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, as testified the foundation of the plan is three percent growth.

"I think for too long, we probably just looked at the impact on the folks receiving tax payer dollars and not nearly enough time focusing on the folks who pay taxpayer dollars and that is new in this budget this year," explains Mulvaney.

He also adds the budget does require the borrowing of money; however he says, there is a plan to pay it back.

Senator Carper also tells 47ABC he has high hopes for veteran services and resources under the direction of Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin.

The U.S. senate is in recess this week.

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