07/31/14 09:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Faring far better, a...
07/31/14 09:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A 91-3 vote in the Senate sent the $16.3 billion measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House had voted...
By Steve Doty | 07/31/14 08:26 AM
There are only two days left before Congress breaks for its summer recess, but there are a host of issues still waiting to be sorted out.
07/30/14 08:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and rewrite...
By Michael Barone | 07/30/14 04:30 PM
Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's lots of evidence to support it. But there's evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans' health and job training, congressional Republicans and Democrats have, with little notice, reached constructive...
07/29/14 05:46 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays....
By Steve Doty | 07/29/14 08:00 AM
It'll be a busy day on Capitol Hill today, as lawmakers continue to work out major issues before the August recess. Immigration reform, Veterans Affairs legislation and foreign affairs remain on the docket before the summer break.
By Susan Ferrechio | 07/28/14 11:01 PM
House and Senate negotiators Monday announced a $17 billion plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here's what it includes.
07/28/14 06:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs. An agreement announced by the...
By Lisa Ruhl | 07/28/14 04:20 PM
Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced a $17 billion agreement to reform the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.
By Susan Ferrechio | 07/28/14 02:07 PM
House and Senate negotiators have unveiled a $17 billion plan to overhaul the way the nation's veterans obtain medical care, including a $10 billion provision to privatize services to help shorten long wait times.
By Steve Doty | 07/28/14 07:57 AM
The chairs of the Veterans Affairs committee have reached a deal on legislation to reform the embattled agency and will introduce the bill this afternoon on Capitol Hill.
By Susan Ferrechio | 07/27/14 06:49 PM
Lawmakers have reached a bipartisan deal on a bill help end long wait lists at medical facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
07/25/14 05:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel, and his Senate counterpart, Sen....
07/24/14 06:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays. Both...
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