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Legislative Action Plan for Veterans: Chairman Sanders

Author: Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders : Contact: www.sanders.senate.gov

Published: 2014-06-01 : (Rev. 2015-10-05)

Synopsis:

Chairman Bernie Sanders outlines legislative package to address reprehensible behavior by VA officials and correct problems in access to medical care.

Main Digest

"There must be a culture of honesty and accountability within the VA and people who have lied or manipulated data must be punished. But we also have to get to the root causes of the problems that have been exposed. The simple truth is that with 2 million more veterans coming into the system in recent years there are many facilities within the VA that do not have the doctors, nurses and other personnel that they need to provide quality care in a timely way."

Sanders said a Thursday hearing of the veterans committee will consider the Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014. The measure then could be put on a fast track for consideration by the full Senate.

Sanders said the need for congressional action was underscored last Wednesday when the VA's independent Office of Inspector General found that officials had lied about wait times for appointments at the Phoenix VA and other medical facilities. A separate audit delivered to President Barack Obama on Friday disclosed attempts by VA employees at two-thirds of VA hospitals and clinics to cover up delays in providing patient care.

Other provisions in Sanders' legislative package would:

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