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VA Conference Committee Hopes for Quick Deal Despite High Price Tag

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House and Senate negotiators hope for a quick deal to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs although they have yet to resolve whether to offset a potentially enormous pricetag or add to the deficit.  

More than two dozen members of the House and Senate met in a rare conference committee Tuesday to begin resolving each chambers' proposals to address the VA health care scandal.  

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal (Updated) (Video)

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Updated 4:16 p.m. | Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.  

Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs chairman, and McCain met Thursday to negotiate a bipartisan response to the scandal at the VA — and they announced the deal on the Senate floor.  

VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Updated)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars ripped Sen. Richard Burr, shown here before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on "The State of VA Health Care" May 15. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:41 p.m. May 25 | The Veterans of Foreign Wars leadership blistered Sen. Richard Burr after the North Carolina Republican penned an open letter late Friday impugning the staff of veterans groups for not calling for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

In his letter, Burr, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee praised the American Legion, which has called for Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, and suggested that the leadership staff of other veterans' groups — without naming them — care more about access to Shinseki than they do about veterans.