Fixing The Department Of Veterans Affairs
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The leaders of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees agreed yesterday to move forward on a bill that addresses critical problems at the V.A. The draft legislation would allow some veterans to be treated by non-V.A. health care providers, and would give the incoming V.A. secretary more authority to fire under-performing senior executives. The $17 billion package is being called a rare act of bipartisanship in a Congress known more for gridlock. Veterans groups, for the most part, say the bill is a step in the right direction, but they will continue to press for additional reforms.
Republican, representing Florida's 1st congressional district; chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
legislative director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); former executive director, Servicemembers United; former U.S. Army human intelligence collector.
congressional reporter, The Washington Post.
senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration.