The Senate has approved a $1 trillion spending package for the Veterans Health Administration that includes $1,700 in cash payments to states and localities that cover up to 90 percent of the cost of treating veterans who have been injured while serving in the military.
The Senate voted 92-2 Tuesday to approve the $1.,800 cash payment to states, with four Republicans voting against it, in an effort to ease the pain of veterans suffering from the pandemic.
The bill includes $600 million in emergency aid for states that were hit hard by the pandemics and $1 billion to help states to expand access to care.
The House of Representatives also approved a spending bill that includes more than $1 million in cash assistance to help low-income Americans who were hurt during the pandems.
The $1 in cash provides a payment of up to $1 for every $1 of medical care received.
The cash is to be distributed among the states and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the legislation.
It is a first step toward an eventual federal funding program that would provide cash to states to pay for services and care, the House said in a statement.
The legislation would also give the VA $1bn in cash to provide health care to veterans.
The VA has been struggling to find enough money to pay doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, many of whom are unable to find other jobs, as they are required to take time off during their military service.
The legislation is the first in a series of attempts by Congress to fund the VA over the next few years.
It has been approved in the past several years but has stalled because of a number of political obstacles, including the political wrangling over whether the bill is a good idea or not.
In the past few months, Congress has been trying to make changes to the VA to help pay for its cost-cutting and other initiatives, such as a $15 billion plan to increase the number of doctors in the VA system.