Senate Republicans and Democrats are seeking an agreement on legislation to make it easier to fire top U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials and reduce hospital waiting times.
Both parties in the U.S. Congress want to reduce patients’ waiting times at Veterans Affairs hospitals. They split over how to fund the billions of dollars in added costs.
A measure passed by the Senate with broad bipartisan support to improve access to health care for U.S. military veterans may cost the federal government $35.5 billion over the first three years.
Another report of delays in medical care for U.S. military veterans -- this one showing 57,400 have waited more than three months to see a doctor -- is adding pressure on Congress to come up with a legislative fix.
"At this point, I can only conclude with great reluctance that the good faith we have shown is simply not being reciprocated by the other side."
- Bernie Sanders on Jul 24, 2014
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