Once President Trump signs the VA MISSION bill into law we might have to wait for the CCN region 1 announcement until Wilkie is confirmed. He's stepped aside while the confirmation process gets underway:
Well, define immediately President Trump. Not on his schedule today. Very strange, but then we’ve learned to expect the unexpected from this president. Trump has 10 days to sign the bill or it goes back to Congress with objections. My understanding (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) is the 10 days does not include Sundays so that puts the 10th day from May 23rd at Monday, June 4th. It isn’t clear if the 10 days also excludes holidays. Could happen over the weekend but otherwise has to be on Monday?
Sometimes a president decides to do nothing. He may decide neither to sign nor veto a bill. If Congress is in session, the bill becomes law after ten days without the president's signature. Otherwise, the bill suffers a pocket veto and does not become law.
If Congress is in session, the bill automatically becomes law after ten days. A pocket veto occurs when the president takes no action and Congress has adjourned its session. In this case, the bill dies and does not become a law.
A bill becomes law if signed by the President or if not signed within 10 days and Congress is in session. If Congress adjourns before the 10 days and the President has not signed the bill then it does not become law ("Pocket Veto.") ... If the veto of the bill is overridden in both chambers then it becomes law.
Thanks, ice. It’s reassuring to know the bill will become law even if Trump doesn’t sign it. Would be puzzling though when he said he would sign immediately. Either way let’s get Wilkie confirmed and on to the CCN region 1 announcement!
VA: Choice Program Won't Run Out of Money Before Trump Signs New Bill
Military.com 31 May 2018 By Richard Sisk
The VA will not run out of money for the Veterans Choice program before President Donald Trump signs a bill to extend and reform it, a VA spokesman said Thursday.
"The Choice Program has sufficient funding to continue normal operations uninterrupted until the Mission Act is signed into law," the spokesman said.
Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs earlier had said that funding for Choice, which serves an average of 30,000 veterans daily with appointments for private and community health care, could expire as early as May 31.
Last week, the Senate by a vote of 92-5 passed the VA Mission Act, which will provide $5.2 billion to extend Choice for one year while overhauling how it operates. Under the Mission Act, seven separate programs under Choice would be consolidated into one system to improve efficiency.
Trump pledged to sign the legislation quickly, but no date has been set for the expected White House ceremony that would mark one of the major achievements of his administration.
The overall VA Mission Act, which Senate leaders said could cost $55 billion over five years, would also expand the VA's caregiver stipend program for the families of disabled veterans. The caregiver program is now limited to post-9/11 veterans and would be extended to veterans of all eras.
The VA Mission Act would eliminate restrictions under the current Choice program that mostly limit private and community care to veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or have to wait more than 30 days for an appointment.
Currently, about one-third of the health care needs of veterans are served in the private sector, and concerns were raised during debate over the Mission Act that more outsourcing of care would diminish the VA's role as the primary provider.
However, proponents of the bill from both sides of the aisle said that private care at government expense is an option only when it is in the best interests of the veteran.