A bill extending the life of several expiring veterans programs passed the House on Friday and is on its way to the White House for President Obamaís signature.
It covers several programs for homeless veterans, monthly allowances for veterans training for the Paralymics, a pilot program for child care centers at VA hospitals and permission to recover from third party insurers the cost of medical treatment for non-service connected disabilities.
Of course, extending authority for the programs that expire at midnight on Monday wonít mean much if Congress doesnít come up with a way over the weekend to avoid a government shutdown by passing funding, which also expires at midnight Monday.
There is no controversy about the veteransí program extensions, which passed the House by a 408-0 vote and passed the Senate on Monday by voice vote. The House and Senate veteransí affairs committees had intended to include the extensions in an omnibus veteransí bill but were unable to reach consensus.