The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs Department’s scandal-ridden healthcare system.
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Lawmakers voted 93-3 in favor of a nearly $2 billion bill from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) that gives the VA secretary new authority to fire senior executives and provides veterans greater options for seeking medical care.
“The cost of war does not end when the last shots are fired or when the last missile is launched. The cost of war continues until the last veterans receive the care and benefits that he and she are entitled to,” Sanders said ahead of the vote. “Our job now is to defend the veterans who have defended us.”