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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other Democratic members of Congress speak in front of boxes of that were said to contain more than three million petitions in support of an amendment to senators as they hold a rally in support of a S.J.Res. 19, a "joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections," Washington, D.C., Monday, September 8, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) Speakers included Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.; Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way; and Rob Weissman, president of Public Citizen

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House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, about a bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care that would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican (left), and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, have a tentative deal on legislation to make the VA more accountable and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, a statement said. (Associated Press photographs)

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Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican (left), and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, have a tentative deal on legislation to make the VA more accountable and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, a statement said. (Associated Press photographs)

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Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

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Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2014, during the committee's hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)'

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FILE – This Feb. 20, 2014, file photo shows Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., standing in defeat after a divided Senate derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran on Capitol Hill in Washingtons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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**FILE** Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent (Associated Press)

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Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) asks a question of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. Petzel, during their testimony during a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing titled "The State of VA Health Care" in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC., Tuesday, May 13, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

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Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (left) arrives with Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT, right) to give his testimony at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing titled "The State of VA Health Care" in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC., Tuesday, May 13, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

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Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) listens while Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. Petzel, respond to a question during their testimony during a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing titled "The State of VA Health Care" in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC., Tuesday, May 13, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)