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Trump to sign 'minibus' appropriations bill at Southern Nevada VA

Megan Messerly
Megan Messerly

President Donald Trump will sign an appropriations bill into law at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System on Friday, the same day he is scheduled to host a fundraiser for two top Republican candidates on the November ballot.

The so-called “minibus” appropriations bill that passed the Senate last week is a $147 billion package containing Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills. The bill includes $86.5 billion of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including for the VA Mission Act, which will further fund private health-care options under the VA.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported on the bill signing event.

The event is expected to be attended by about 150 people, including local elected officials, veterans and employees of the VA health system, according to a senior White House official. A Vietnam war veteran who served in the Marine Corps and a Korean war veteran who served in the Army will be highlighted at the event.

Trump will also headline a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, who is facing a tough re-election battle against Rep. Jacky Rosen, and businessman Danny Tarkanian, who is making a second pass at Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District seat after losing to Rosen in 2016, at an undisclosed location and at an undisclosed time on Friday. The fundraiser costs $15,000 per couple for a “VIP Photograph,” or $50,000 per couple for a photograph and participation in a “roundtable.”

Both events will come on the heels of a Make America Great Again rally Trump is holding at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday night.


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