Vice President Joe Biden has asked Congress to expand federal health care funding by more than $1 billion and provide more medical services to veterans.
The request is a response to the VA’s proposed cuts of more than a half a billion dollars from the 2018 budget, the president announced on Tuesday.
The VA needs more money to hire more doctors and staff, provide better care for veterans and provide better access to health care services, Biden said in a statement.
“I have asked Congress for $1.6 billion in new spending for the VA.”
The VA, which has faced increasing budget pressures from the sequestration, announced in March that it would cut staff and facilities by 2,000.
Biden has been outspoken on healthcare in recent weeks, urging Congress to give veterans access to care and expand Medicaid coverage.
He has also called for a public option for health insurance, something that some experts have suggested could be a way to provide healthcare to all Americans.