Reid Promises Immediate Senate Action on VA

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) leaves the Capitol building on October 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Congress continues to struggle to find a solution to end the government shutdown, which is currently in its 13th day. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
National Journal
Stacy Kaper
June 9, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id vowed Monday to take ac­tion im­min­ently on ex­pec­ted re­forms to the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment.

The le­gis­la­tion, which was agreed to in prin­ciple last week, is still be­ing draf­ted by Sen­ate Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs Com­mit­tee Chair­man Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ari­zona Re­pub­lic­an John Mc­Cain.

But Re­id prom­ised Monday to bring the bill to the floor as soon as it’s ready.

“I look for­ward to this le­gis­la­tion com­ing to the floor, and I would be happy to sched­ule a vote on it as quickly as pos­sible,” said the Nevada Demo­crat. “Amer­ic­an vet­er­ans are de­pend­ing on us com­plet­ing this le­gis­la­tion, show­ing that our vet­er­ans are get­ting the care and re­sources they are prom­ised by a grate­ful na­tion.”

Re­id praised the in­ten­tion of the bill to re­duce wait times for vet­er­ans’ med­ic­al care, but noted that much of the spe­cif­ics still need to be fleshed out.

“The de­tails of the agree­ment are not in writ­ing yet. At least they wer­en’t a few minutes ago. They’re be­ing draf­ted.”¦ Much will de­pend on the de­tails of the fi­nal bill, but Sen­at­ors Sanders and Mc­Cain put to­geth­er an agree­ment, which is good for Amer­ic­ans and vet­er­ans in our coun­try.”

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