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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio testifies before a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  (AP Photo)

    McDonald nomination unanimously referred to full Senate

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed Robert McDonald on Wednesday to be the next secretary of the VA, sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote.


  • FILE - This Sept. 22, 2011 file photo shows Robert McDonald, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. President Barack Obama is selecting the former Procter and Gamble executive as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, an administration official said Sunday, June 29, 2014. McDonald, 61, is a native of Gary, Ind., who grew up in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

    President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Procter and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veterans issues.


  • 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)

    House, Senate to begin negotiations on final vets bill

    Designees from the House and Senate will begin this week to hammer out differences between the House and Senate legislation to let veterans get health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs, including looking for ways to cover the cost.


  • 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)

    Senate OKs bill allowing vets to bypass VA's long waits

    Moving with new alacrity, senators on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would let veterans seek health care outside the VA if faced with long wait times and would give the department secretary more flexibility to fire senior executives, as lawmakers try to enforce accountability.


  • 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)

    New Veterans Affairs secretary needs to 'take the heat' — Sen. Bernie Sanders

    Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, said Tuesday that whoever becomes the new secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department will have to be "willing to take the heat."


  • 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)

    Senators announce bipartisan vets bill to reduce wait times

    Senators announced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would let veterans seek care at a doctor of their choice if long wait times or far distances prevented them from attending a Veterans Affairs facility.


  • **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)

    Sanders, McCain meet to work on vets agreement

    While there's no bipartisan agreement yet, Sen. Bernard Sanders said Wednesday that both Democrats and Republicans have the same goal: getting veterans care as soon as possible.


  • 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)

    Mental health care delayed, denied to vets

    Veterans seeking mental health care through the El Paso VA system were forced to wait more than two months just to get an appointment, a delay five times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department's official estimates, according to a study released Wednesday by a congressman from Texas.


  • U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks at the kick-off ceremony of a private-public partnership at the Paso del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Customs and Borders Protection is launching a pilot program in which public and private entities are allowed to give money to the federal agency to pay for infrastructure and staffing in order to cut traveler wait times at ports of entry. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

    Texas VA probe finds more waiting list problems

    Veterans seeking mental health care through the El Paso VA system were forced to wait more than two months just to get an appointment, a delay five times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department's official estimates, according to a study released Wednesday by a congressman from Texas.


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