Deremer: House passes Vet bill on D-Day eve

From Congresswoman Lori Chavez DeRemer
Press Release,

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed appropriations legislation to fund military construction projects, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and related agencies in fiscal year 2025. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05) released the following statement after supporting the package, which includes $412 million above President Biden’s budget request for family housing and other projects supporting military families.

“From securing funding to help expand medical services at the Portland VA to passing legislation that will assist veterans experiencing homelessness, I’m committed to supporting Oregonians who have stepped up to serve our country. This critical appropriations bill is a reflection of that commitment – it fully funds veterans’ health and medical care while increasing funds for child care facilities to support military families. It’s an honor to serve those who have served us, and advancing commonsense legislation for Oregon’s veterans will continue to be a top priority,” Chavez-DeRemer said.

Chavez-DeRemer had several priorities that were adopted in the appropriations package, including:

  • $52 million for long-term care for veterans with severe traumatic brain injury;
  • $306.68 million for the Veterans Crisis Line, which offers critical mental health support for veterans; and
  • $76.8 for the Neurology Centers of Excellence for Veterans (NCE) to help fund care for veterans with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic headaches, and Parkinson’s disease.

The appropriations bill also includes $17.957 billion for family housing and essential military construction projects – $412 million above the president’s budget request. This $75 million above the enacted level for child development centers to improve quality of life for military families.

Additionally, this legislation fully funds veterans’ health care programs, veterans’ benefits, and VA programs – boosting funding for the VA by $30.2 billion from the previous fiscal year. It fully funds the president’s request for veterans’ medical care at $112.6 billion.