Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he and his House counterpart had a “productive” meeting before the weeklong recess in an effort to produce a conference report to address the VA healthcare scandal. But he added that he wouldn't accept certain pay-fors.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is “going in exactly the wrong direction” because new data show healthcare wait times are rising.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced a bill that would take back bonuses paid to VA employees who falsified waitlist times.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) said she wouldn’t support sending more troops into Iraq until President Obama outlines a clear strategy.
Sen. Blumenthal warned President Obama’s VA nominee he faces tough questioning.
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“I have no way of knowing when the leader’s going to find a place for it."
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced a measure that would prohibit the transfer of “dangerous” Guantanamo Bay detainees as an amendment to the “minibus” spending bill being considered in the Senate.
Republican senators blasted President Obama for his "failed" foreign policies, particularly in the Middle East, for nearly an hour on Thursday.
“My goal is to get this legislation onto the president's desk as soon as we possibly can,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) said his colleagues in Congress are “too abrupt” in calling for a return of U.S. military action in Iraq.
Walsh is the Senate’s only Iraq War veteran.