Congress finalized the fiscal 2020 budget on Thursday, which needed to be approved by Friday in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. The bill calls for a 9 percent increase in funds to the agency, or $217 billion, the largest boost in history.
The VA’s fiscal 2019 budget — a 6 percent increase over last year — pushed funding over the $200-billion threshold for the first time, according to the Military Times.
For comparison, the agency received about $125 billion in fiscal 2012.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie told FOX Business in an interview Wednesday that he presented a $220 billion budget to Congress, with calls for 400,000 employees.
The funding, Wilkie said in a statement, will ensure the nation’s veterans “receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services.”
Overall, the government is working with a $1.4 trillion spending package that will fund the government through September, up from $1.36 trillion last year. It would allocate $738 billion toward defense, including funds for the Space Force, which the administration has deemed the sixth branch of the U.S. military.
Trump had previously called for $750 billion for the military.