Isakson Statement on VA Funding in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, which includes a total of $220.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
“President Trump’s budget proposal reaffirms the administration’s promise to provide our nation’s veterans and their survivors with the benefits and care they deserve. This budget would provide funding to implement the significant reforms passed last Congress, including the landmark VA MISSION Act. In addition, this budget plan would also provide critical funding for a new Electronic Health Record system to integrate healthcare records between the Department of Defense and the VA into one system. The administration’s budget plan also focuses resources toward improving the department’s financial management and information technology systems, and it increases funding for veterans’ mental health care and suicide prevention efforts. I look forward to hearing more about the budget proposal from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a hearing in our committee later this month.”
For more information, view the president's fiscal year 2020 budget here.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 116th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the armed services as well as nearly 700,000 veterans.