Obama Signs $16.3 Billion Bill Overhauling Veterans Affairs

President Obama signed a bill Thursday aimed at overhauling the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system, announcing that officials had cut the backlog of veterans waiting for care by half.

Still, Obama stressed that more work needs to be done to fix the agency, contending the new law would provide much-needed resources to begin making major changes.

Speaking at an event at Fort Belvoir, Va., before signing the bill, Obama called the misconduct at the department uncovered over the past year and a half “inexcusable” and thanked lawmakers such as Rep. Jeff Miller, the Florida Republican who is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, for their work in bringing to light gross mismanagement at health care facilities around the country.

The president said passage of the $16.3 billion bill, which came together this summer in a rare moment of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, would address layers of problems at the VA.