Campaign Promises

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ItemVeterans Affairs
The Promise: "...will fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Fulfilling a Sacred Trust With Our Veterans", 09/09/08.
Status:The FY2010 appropriation for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was $109.6B, $15.3B above the appropriation for FY2009 and $747M above President Obama's budget proposal. The FY2010 appropriation included $56.6B for mandatory VA benefits programs and $53B for discretionary funding purposes, an increase of $5.4B in the discretionary spending amount over FY2009. The final enacted amount for FY2010 was even higher: $126.3B.

For the first time, the VA's FY2010 appropriation included an advance appropriation to ensure uninterrupted funding for medical care for veterans for FY2011 amounting to $48.2B. The final FY2011 enacted budget for the VA was $126.9B, a slight increase over FY2010.

The FY2012 budget proposal for the VA was $132.2B. This amount included $61.9B to cover medical care, research, cemeteries, general administration, technology and constructions plus $70.3B for disabilities, survivors, and education claims. The final appropriated amount for the VA in FY2012 was $128.1B.

For FY2013, President Obama requested $140.3B comprised of $64B in discretionary funds and $76B for mandatory funds mostly for disability compensation and pensions. The FY2013 budget included:
- $52.7B for medical care reflecting $165M above the pre-approved/pre-appropriated amount of $52.5B,
- $1B over five years for a new Veterans Jobs Corps program,
- $1.4B for Veterans homelessness,
- $233M for Veteran vocational rehabilitation and employment,
- $258M for operation and maintenance of 131 national cemeteries,
- $3.3B for information technology.

This promise has been fulfilled.
The Promise: "...will also push to quickly build a new, state-of-the-art Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans so that the city's veterans can get top-quality care."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Rebuilding the Gulf Coast and Preventing Future Catastrophes", dated 09/11/08.
Status:Ground was broken on 06/25/10 for a new VA medical complex to be built in New Orleans -- an $800M facility scheduled to open in early-CY2014, 10 years after the Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the VA hospital that existed in the downtown medical district.

The 30-acre complex will contain 1.7 million square feet with 300 outpatient exam rooms, 200 hospital rooms, 20 intervention and surgery rooms, an emergency department, a research facility, rehabilitation services and a mental health division. The hospital will employ 2,200 people and will be able to handle 500K outpatient visits annually.

This promise has been fulfilled.