A bill reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department is headed to the Senate after passage by the House.  The roughly 17-billion dollar measure aims to resolve systemic VA scheduling problems and unreasonable wait times.  The measure passed overwhelmingly, 420-5.

It would give many vets the option of seeking care outside the VA system.  The legislation provides funding to hire more doctors and nurses and expand VA facilities.  Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th) says it also makes it easier to fire incompetent or corrupt VA employees. 


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The Senate is expected to approve the compromise bill by week's end.  Attempts to contact other area congressmen for comment were unsuccessful.


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