Senator Jon Tester today delivered for America’s veterans by leading the U.S. Senate to adequately fund the VA and uphold our nation’s promise to those who have served our country.

In a 93-0 vote, the U.S. Senate passed Tester’s Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs Appropriations bill, which funds the VA through September 2016.

In order to make sure the VA has the resources it needs to care for veterans, Tester offered an amendment on the Senate floor that shored up funding for the VA.  His amendment was approved unanimously.

“The bill the Senate passed today is a good bill and it honors our commitment to the brave servicemembers and their families who have answered the call of duty,” Tester said.  “You have my word that I will be scrutinizing how every dollar is spent because we can’t afford to make these investments without knowing they are producing real results for the veterans who have earned it.”

Tester was the only member of Montana’s Congressional delegation who supported the bipartisan budget deal last month that lifted the budget caps that allowed Congress to provide the VA with the additional resources it needs to meet the growing demand for veterans’ services.

Without Tester’s amendment there may have been 68,500 fewer veterans receiving the VA medical care they need next year.

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