“The coming debates in Congress over the budget at the Department of Veterans Affairs will illustrate just how tough it might be for lawmakers and the White House to strike a spending deal this year.”
“For both Congress and the White House, two sticking points will likely drive future budget debates at the VA and other departments: the administration’s plans to freeze discretionary spending for non-defense agencies at the Budget Control Act caps — and potentially controversial funding priorities…”
“And while the VA’s 2020 budget requests shows, on one hand, just how many priorities the department is juggling in the next year, it also demonstrates a policy shift that may cause some headaches and perhaps partisan battles among appropriators in the coming years…” Read the full article here.
Source: VA’s record-high 2020 spending request illustrates future, broader budget battles – By Nicole Ogrysko, March 13, 2019. Federal News Network.