Senate Minority Leader echoes affirmation of likelihood of VA Bill passing before August Recess

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POLITICS-  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor on Monday to affirm GOP support of the bicameral compromise VA Bill now going through both the House and the Senate.

From Senator Mitch McConnell:

I was proud to support bipartisan VA reform legislation that passed the Senate last month. And I’m encouraged by the progress of the conference committee towards completing a final compromise that can pass Congress and be signed into law.  The compromise legislation would introduce some much-needed accountability into the VA system and help increase patient choice.  In fact, the compromise bill appears to include two initiatives I specifically pressed with the President’s nominee to head the Veterans Affairs Department when I recently met with him.

One, I said we need to make it easier to fire VA bureaucrats who fail our veterans, and two, I said we need to allow veterans to seek care outside the VA if they face long wait times or if they do not live near a VA facility. The conference report appears to include both. And I want to thank Senators Burr, McCain and Coburn for steadfastly fighting for the veterans choice part of the conference agreement that will allow our deserving veterans the option of accessing care in hospitals when VA facilitates are not available.

The statement by McConnell telegraphs a quick and easy passage of the compromise legislation before the August recess, according to beltway insiders.  The August recess is scheduled to begin this Friday.