1:44 PM EDT
Chet Edwards, D-TX 17th

Mr. EDWARDS. And I agree with the gentleman. That is why we provided over $600 million more than the administration request to improve mental health care, traumatic brain injury and PTSD services.

Reclaiming my time, Mr. Chairman, I respect the gentleman's intentions in this effort. I would simply say that we have provided a historic increase in VA health care spending in this bill. That level of funding has been supported by virtually every major veterans organization in America, and we ought not to have to gut another important program for the gentleman's last-minute amendment.

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