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  • President Obama to Sign VA Bill

    FORT BELVOIR, Va., Aug. 7 - U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today as President Barack Obama prepared to sign legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs: "In a dysfunctional Congress, I’m glad we accomplished something significant for veterans. This legislation will go a long way toward ending unacceptably long waiting times for veterans to access health care and allow the VA the resources to hire the doct...

  • Senate Passes Veterans Health Care Bill

    WASHINGTON, July 31 - The Senate tonight approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Crafted by the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairmen – Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) – the $16.3 billion bill passed the Senate by a vote of 91-3. The House of Representatives voted 420-5 on Wednesday to approve the same measure. "This bill keeps our commitment to t...

  • Statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

    This VA conference committee legislation is far from what I would have written, but it is a compromise that I strongly support. This bill makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lists for health care. It strengthens the VA so that it will be able to hire the doctors, nurses and medical personnel it needs so we can permanently put an end to the long waiting lists. It addresses the very serious problem of accountability and makes certain tha...

  • 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 ...

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