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Lawmakers reach agreement to advance stalled VA accountability bill

Lawmakers reach agreement to advance stalled VA accountability bill

Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Trump.

The deal announced early Thursday could smooth the way for final passage on an issue that had been largely stalled since the 2014 wait-time scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center. As many as 40 veterans died while waiting months for appointments as VA employees created secret waiting lists and other false data to cover up delays.

The deal on Capitol Hill followed a fresh warning from the VA’s inspector general of continuing patient safety problems at another...

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