APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 5: New Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson holds a press conference at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center June 5, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. Gibson was previously the Deputy Secretary at Veterans Affairs and the President and CEO of the USO. (Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)

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by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.

Florida Rep. Jeff Miller and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders scheduled a news conference Monday to talk about negotiations on a compromise bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department.

A spokesman for Sanders confirmed the agreement Sunday.

The pair said in a joint statement Sunday that they had "made significant progress" toward agreement on legislation "to make VA more accountable and to help the department recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals."

Sanders proposed a bill last week that would cost about $25 billion over three years. Miller's proposal would approve $10 billion in emergency spending.

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