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Many Americans Agree With More Federal Funding For The VA

According to a recent Gallup survey, released on March 21, the most popular proposal out of the 2016 presidential election is allowing veterans to receive health care from providers outside of the Veterans Administration (VA).

This idea has been touted by both Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. It received 89 percent agreement. The second most popular policy proposal, with a 67 percent net agreement, was using federal money to modernize the VA. This idea has been pushed by Trump. In addition, the proposal to invest federal money in improving the U.S. infrastructure received a 64 percent net agreement.

Federal spending on infrastructure has been a key component of Trump's campaign as well as the campaigns of Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Clinton has vowed to invest $275 billion in infrastructure over five years while Sanders has called for a whopping $1 trillion over the same time frame.

Danny Pummill of the Veterans Benefits Administration has urged for increased spending as the rate of veteran suicide has climbed.

According to ABC7, Pummill said, “The demand for benefits and service from veterans of all eras continues to increase and will continue to increase decades after conflicts end." Moreover, the White House has requested an increase of $3.6 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2017.

House appropriator Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said, “It seems like VA has chosen the route of increasing everything … without a long-term strategy defining what these approaches should be."

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