- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says price shouldn’t be the issue in passing legislation to address veterans’ health care.

Concerns have been raised at the cost of a Senate proposal to build new clinics, hire new doctors and help veterans who can’t get timely appointments to get outside care. Begich sits on the House-Senate conference committee charged with reaching agreement on a bill. He expressed frustration Wednesday that the panel has only met once and some members of Congress are balking at the cost.

He said members of Congress “didn’t blink an eye” at spending $2 trillion on sending Americans to war.

He said those who want to “nickel and dime” veterans don’t understand what they’ve done for the country or understand the government’s obligation to provide the care they earned.