Senate reaches bipartisan deal to fix veterans 'crisis'
The proposed legislation also would extend college education benefits to the spouses of service members killed in the line of duty and guarantee in-state tuition for veterans at public colleges and universities. It also would establish a commission of experts to examine the VA health care system and recommend improvements.
McCain asked colleagues to set aside their usual partisan bickering and act on the VA reform legislation swiftly.
McCain is a decorated Vietnam veteran and former POW whose support for the legislation should help it win votes. Indeed, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the top Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, threw his support behind it.
The rare agreement in a hyper-partisan Congress, reached after negotiations between Sanders and McCain, came as the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced that it is investigating allegations of reprisals against 37 VA whistleblowers, including some who have alleged improper scheduling of veterans for health care.
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