House defunds VA hospital closure commission in budget plan

House defunds VA hospital closure commission in budget plan

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved plans for a $300-billion plus Veterans Affairs budget with language barring any spending on the controversial Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission, the latest blow to efforts to shutter aging veterans hospitals across the country. In a bipartisan 238-189 vote, lawmakers approved language that would shift $5 million in funding for … Read more

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

US destroyer sails past Chinese-held South China Sea islands

BEIJING (AP) — The US Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South … Read more