President Bush asked for nearly $2 billion in additional funding to help the Veterans Affairs Department cover healthcare costs. The request includes $300 million for fiscal 2005 and about $1.7 billion for fiscal 2006. In the past month, the House voted to give the VA $975 million more in 2005 for veterans healthcare, while the Senate approved a $1.5 billion funding increase after the VA discovered it had undercalculated its needs. The VA's fiscal 2005 budget is $69.8 billion without the additional funding. The Bush administration said the Iraqi conflict had increased demand for veterans healthcare. -- by Tony Fong
Bush seeks $2 billion more for VA healthcare funding
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