House Preps $3 Billion VA Bailout to Avoid August Hospital Closures

House Republicans next week are expected to call up and pass a last-minute bill that would let the Department of Veterans Affairs repurpose more than $3 billion in its budget, a change that’s needed to ensure VA hospitals can stay open after next week.

The VA shocked Congress just weeks ago by suddenly revealing it has a huge budget shortfall that will force VA hospitals around the country to close in August.

The news infuriated both Republicans and Democrats who said it’s just the latest example of gross mismanagement at the VA. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said the VA gave Congress just a month’s notice of the massive problem.

That management failure prompted Miller to write a scathing letter to President Obama asking him to get involved in an agency that has been in almost constant trouble with Congress over the last few years.