(Washington, DC) -- A bill reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department is headed to the Senate after passage by the House. The measure passed overwhelmingly, 420-5.
The roughly 17-billion dollar measure aims to resolve systemic VA scheduling problems and unreasonable wait times. It would give many vets the option of seeking care outside the VA system. The legislation provides funding to hire more doctors and nurses and expand VA facilities. It also makes it easier to fire incompetent or corrupt VA employees. The Senate is expected to approve the compromise bill by week's end.
Florida Republican Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said VA reforms are long overdue.
Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer said vets deserve the best treatment available.