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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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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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**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 – 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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Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. listens as Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, prior to testify before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, prior to testify before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Robert Petzel, MD testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, left, and Veterans Affairs Undersecretary of Health Robert Petzel, MD, prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 15, 2014, prior to testify before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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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.)