Veterans Choice Program Extended
This week President Trump signed into law the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act. I supported the legislation because it maintains healthcare choice for veterans by eliminating the original August 7 sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program.
The legislation allows veterans to seek care outside of the VA if the closest VA medical clinic or hospital is more than 40 miles away or if patients have waited over 30 days to receive care.
While more must be done to guarantee that those who have defended our freedoms have access to the best medical care, this bill was an important step in the right direction. Democrats and Republicans must continue to work together for the health and honor of our veterans in order to realize President Lincoln’s solemn promise: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan … ."
Protecting Our Environment
Recently I submitted a number of written requests to the House Appropriations Committee calling for funding for a variety of environmental and conservation-related programs. I was proud to request robust funding to support the newly created Delaware River Basin Restoration Program, which will coordinate federal, state, and local practices to identify and implement important habitat-restoration activities throughout the Basin. Projects funded through this program will protect drinking water, mitigate flooding, restore habitat, and support our local economies of the Basin region.
Additionally, I requested funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to ensure that we are able to permanently protect our parks, wildlife refuges, and historic sites. Protecting New York’s most cherished spaces and safeguarding recreational access for our outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen and women remains a top priority for me.