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  • Chairman Sanders Details VA Proposal

    WASHINGTON, July 24 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today detailed compromise legislation that he offered to House negotiators that would reform the VA and give it the tools to provide quality, timely health care to veterans. The proposal (click here for details) would address the need for short-term, emergency access to care while strengthening VA’s capacity to address veterans’ needs in the long term. It also includes a provision to allow for t...

  • Sanders Statement on Veterans Legislation Negotiations

    WASHINGTON, July 21 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today regarding negotiations on veterans legislation with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the House veterans committee chairman: "Chairman Miller and I and our staffs are working very hard to reach an agreement. Given the ideological differences between the House and the Senate, these are very tough negotiations but I still hope and believe that we can come to an agreement. &ldqu...

  • VA Details Health Care Needs

    WASHINGTON, July 16 - The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans and reduce long waiting times for health care, Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today. Gibson was responding to a question by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the committee chairman, about what the VA needs to address a large influx of ...

  • Sanders Statement on Meeting with VA Nominee McDonald

    WASHINGTON, July 9 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after meeting on Tuesday with Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs: "I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Mr. McDonald and was impressed by what he brings to the table. I believe that his years of military service will make him a very strong advocate for veterans, and that his corporate leadership ...

  • Chairman Sanders Statement on the Nomination of Robert McDonald to be VA Secretary

    BURLINGTON, Vt., June 29 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the White House indicated that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Robert McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs: "The VA needs significantly improved transparency and accountability and it needs an increased number of doctors, nurses and other medical staff so that all eligible veterans get high-quality health care in a timely m...

  • Senator Bernard Sanders Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee Opening Statement

    Good afternoon and welcome. Let me thank Chairman Miller, Ranking Members Michaud and Burr and all the members of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs' committees for their very hard work on veterans’ issues. Despite a very partisan environment here in Congress, I am confident that we as Democrats, Republicans and independents will come together to pass a significant piece of legislation which addresses some of the very serious problems currently facing the VA. Both pieces of legislati...

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