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House, Senate fail to agree on VA spending as August recess nears

House, Senate fail to agree on VA spending as August recess nears

With the August break around the corner, Congress remains locked in a battle over how much to spend reshaping the tattered Veterans Affairs Department. Even though the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved separate bills in June to speed up veterans' access to care, they have been unable to bridge differences over the price tag. Originally the House bill called for $44 billion to be spent on an overhaul and the Senate version budgeted $35 billion, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. Under the latest proposals, House Republicans are offering $10 billion in emergency funding, and Senate Democrats want $25 billion. With tempers flaring and talks stalled,...

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