Eric Shinseki
Obama signs $16.3-billion VA bill, calls mismanagement 'outrageous'

President Obama signed a $16.3 billion measure Thursday intended to clear the backlog of U.S. military veterans seeking care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. The new law represent an unusually rapid response, and a rare increase in spending, from a Congress bitterly divided by most issues and bogged down in budget fights. It took a scandal to shake lawmakers into trying to reform the long troubled VA, which has faced growing stresses after more than a decade of American wars overseas. Whistle-blowers, and later an internal review, revealed VA employees had falsified records to hide long waiting lists for injured and ill veterans to see doctors, and had allowed...