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    GOP Accepts Biden’s Spending Boosts for VA, Pentagon in Debt Ceiling Deal

    GOP Accepts Biden's Spending Boosts for VA, Pentagon in Debt Ceiling Deal

    Spending on defense and veterans health care would both see bumps next year under a deal between the White House and House Republicans reached over the weekend aimed at preventing an unprecedented default on U.S. debts next week.

    Hurdles still remain in getting the deal passed before the Treasury Department's stated June 5 deadline for when it will run out of money, but the agreement puts Congress on the path to avert delays on veterans benefits and service member pay, among other fallout from a default.

    Under the agreement, Pentagon and other national security spending in fiscal 2024 would be set at $886 billion, which is a 3% increase over this year and the amount the Biden administration requested from Congress in March.

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    The bill would also put $20 billion into the Toxic Exposures Fund, the pot of money the Department of Veterans Affairs created last year to pay for benefits granted by the Act. That matches the Biden administration's request for the fund and staves off a fight that had been brewing between Democrats and Republicans after the proposed putting just $5 billion into the fund.

    The text of the bill does not explicitly set broader VA spending for 2024, but both the White House and House Republican leadership say they agreed to fund the VA's medical budget at $121 billion — which also aligns with the Biden…

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