Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said a government shutdown poses "no risk" to veterans.
Shulkin talked about how the shutdown threat could impact veterans in an interview with CBS.
"There's a possibility of a government shutdown ahead — how might that affect the VA?" CBS's Anthony Mason asked.
"The VA is in a fortunate situation in that we have what's called an advanced appropriations so we get our money a year ahead of time because I think Congress understands that the VA can't shut down, that we are there for the safety of our veterans," Shulkin answered.
Shulkin also told CBS that the federal government is not seeking to privatize the VA, but would be working closer with the private sector to provide an "integrated approach" to healthcare.