President Obama signed a bill Thursday upholding the government's financial support for the medical care of veterans even during future budget negotiations.
Obama said the new law steadies funding for the Department of Veteran Affairs, which cares for 23 million veterans. As a result of the predicted and steady government aid, the VA can plan ahead on how it will pay for its services.
"Over the past two decades, the VA budget has been late almost every year, often by months," Obama said in the White House's East Room, surrounded by veterans and lawmakers. "At this very moment, the VA is operating without a budget, making it harder for VA medical centers and clinics to deliver the care our vets need."
Obama assured that veterans would now receive the care they deserved.
"It ensures that veterans' health care will no longer be held hostage to the annual budget battles in Washington," he added.
On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, and lent her support for program as well.
"This legislation guarantees a timely and predictable flow of funding for VA medical care," she said. "Because that's what's required to guarantee better care to the men and women who serve this country."