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  • Sanders Tells American Legion More Must be Done for Veterans

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 27 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told the American Legion convention here today that a new law to improve health care for veterans is a step forward but "there is more work to be done." At the Legion’s national convention, National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger presented Sanders the prestigious Patriot Award for his role crafting the legislation to improve access to timely, quality health care for veterans and to reform the Depa...

  • Chairman Sanders Statement on Phoenix VA Investigation

    BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 26 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement on an inspector general’s investigation into long wait times and attempts to cover up care delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix: "The report by the inspector general on the Phoenix VA provides troubling details about a hospital that failed to meet our nation’s obligation to provide timely, quality health care to veterans. What...

  • President Obama Signs 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 signs 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 doctors, nurses...

  • 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...

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