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U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Fixing VA mess could cost billions, complicating Congress talks
Fixing VA mess could cost billions, complicating Congress talks

The rush to fix the VA mess is running into an age-old Washington problem: where to find the money. Legislation to allow veterans facing long waits at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to seek private healthcare could cost $50 billion or more a year, complicating efforts in Congress to swiftly come to agreement on a compromise bill. The House and Senate have broken through the usual partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and approved their own versions of legislation in response to problems faced by veterans in receiving healthcare in a timely manner. The legislation also follows revelations that VA staff falsified records to cover up the long waits. But what so far has been a...

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