U.S. House passes $17 billion veterans healthcare bill, 420-5

WASHINGTON Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:51pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding much of the cost to the federal deficit.

The compromise measure was reached on Monday between House and Senate negotiators to provide funds for veterans' temporary access to private medical care, to allow the VA to hire more doctors and nurses and to open more outpatient clinics.

The measure, which also grants VA more authority to fire poor-performing employees, passed 420-5. The Senate is expected to consider it later this week, before Congress starts a five-week summer recess on Friday.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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SunnyDaySam wrote:
‘U.S. House passes $17 billion veterans healthcare bill, 420-5′

Who were the 5 against? Whoever they are, they gotta go.

Jul 30, 2014 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
riposte wrote:
Glad something positive is finally getting done. With new monies, new management, maybe there is a chance to save the VA..Our service people deserve so much better.

Jul 30, 2014 7:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:
That’s big of them. They managed to accomplish something important this year as they sat home in their pajamas trading favors in exchange for campaign funds.

OMG this nation needs term limits.

Jul 31, 2014 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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