UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott visited the White House this morning as President Donald Trump signed the Veteran’s Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.
Scott joined Trump and more than a dozen other officials for the signing in the Roosevelt Room.
The measure allows veterans to seek care from non-VA providers. “The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it’s time that they are recognized and it’s time that we now take care of them and take care of them properly,” Trump said, according to a pool report.
“My father served in WWII and I proudly served in the United States Navy and I appreciate President Trump’s commitment to our military and our veterans,” Scott said in a news release following the bill signing. “I was honored to join him today as he signed this important bill for our veterans.”
EARLIER STORY: Florida Gov. Rick Scott — a not-unfamiliar White House guest and dining companion of President Donald Trump — is in Washington, D.C., again today to attend the 11:30 a.m. signing by the president of the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.
Scott also has a 12:30 p.m. meeting with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin.
Joining Scott today is retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin, the executive director of Florida’s Department of Veterans Affairs.
Scott also has a 2 p.m. meeting with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and a 3:15 meeting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.