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.
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.
The White House will ask Congress for an additional $1.6 billion to deal with an influx of undocumented unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S., administration officials said.
U.S. House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a bill that would authorize deepening several U.S. ports ahead of the expansion of the Panama Canal and the bigger ships that will use it.
The U.S. House passed a one-year delay of a 24 percent payment cut to physicians who accept Medicare patients, with Republican leaders pushing the bill through in a move that masked trouble finding the votes for it.
Senator Carl Levin said he will introduce legislation this week to limit U.S. companies’ ability to move their legal addresses out of the country for tax purposes through mergers.