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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bush Budget Fight: Senate Not Likely to Raise Vet Fees

One Senator is reporting some good news re: veteran's health, if it holds. Senator Schumer says the Senate is not likely to back at least one provision of President Bush's 2007 proposed budget: raising veteran's fees for health care and prescription drugs.

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From AP New York:

Lawmakers are gearing up to reject charging higher fees to some military veterans for their health care and prescription drugs, Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday.

The Bush administration's proposed budget for the 2007 fiscal year includes a boost in co-pay fees from $8 to $15, and a new $250 user fee to health care enrollment with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congress has beaten back similar attempts in the past, and Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would push an amendment to cancel the higher fees when the Senate votes next week on a supplemental war spending measure.

Let's hope we can beat back a few more of the nastier provisions, too.

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