Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that the ball is now in President Obama’s court to address failures within the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department.
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday night that would allow appropriators to begin work on the 2015 Intelligence Appropriations bill.
Lawmakers voted 93-3 for a bill that gives the VA secretary new firing powers.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he hopes the Senate “quickly” votes on a bill that aims to fix dysfunctions within the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system by holding officials accountable and providing veterans with more choices.
McConnell said Reid is prioritizing partisan bills "aimed at boosting Democrat turnout."
"All swaps from Guantánamo should be off the table," said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he would block one of President Obama’s nominees to the Department of Justice partially because of the controversial prisoner exchange.
Reid said he would bring up a bipartisan VA fix as soon as the legislative language is worked out.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) became emotional on the Senate floor Thursday talking about the 70th anniversary of D-Day and what the Senate should be doing today to fix a broken VA healthcare system.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) called on Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to include the construction of 27 veterans' healthcare facilities in his bill aimed at fixing dysfunction within the VA system.