DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AGREE ON NEW LAWS SET TO CHANGE FORTUNES FOR VETERANS.
A legislation that is bound to address the way veterans are taken care of is cooking in the Senate, albeit silently.
While the rest of the Senate is engaged in fights over unmet deadlines and pending bills, the Veteran Affairs committee has immersed itself in drafting a legislation which may determine the care given to the nation’s 21 million veterans. If passed, it could as well hand Mr. Trump a relief, given the dire need for working policies his government is in.
Among the overreaching agreements in the policy cutting across bipartisan lines is the creation of The Secretary of Veterans Affairs docket. Passed with commendable ease by both the Republicans and Democrats, it becomes the first cabinet seat to be passed with such a high approval from the house.
The Veterans Choice Program, which caters for veteran’s health care needs in private facilities, also got a temporary funding in the proposed policy changes. Other instrumental changes relate to firing and hiring in the department and the disability benefits appeal.
These laws are being created at a time when Congress finds itself time-strapped as the August recess draws closer. The agreements from both political divides do not necessarily reflect a lack of ideological differences, as the Choice Program has been one of the most vehemently argued on.
The ability to maintain this political bipartisanship will be determined by the lawmakers’ determination to fix the program permanently. However, lawmakers observe that care for the veterans has for a long time been given bipartisan approaches, acknowledging that caring for those who served the country in uniform has long been largely a bipartisan pursuit but it’s time the debate was approached differently.
Underlining the importance of uniting and debating logically for such a worthy course, Johnny Isakson, the Republican chairman of Senate Committee Veterans’ Affair said that discussions are aimed at finding long-term solutions and do not amount to fighting for the sake of it.