The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to increase the annual allotment of military veterans benefits to $7,500, which will bring it to $14,000 per person by 2021.
The measure, which now goes to the Senate, has a simple formula: If the Senate passes the bill, then the House passes a version of it.
House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) explained the move by saying that it is the “best and most balanced bill that we have” in Congress.
It comes as the country struggles with an aging population and a rising cost of healthcare.
Democrats in the Senate had previously opposed a $7-per-person increase.
The Senate version passed by a vote of 57-43.
If passed by the House, the bill would go to President Donald Trump for his signature.