Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) said Monday that every senator should support a bill from Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on skipping WH Korea briefing: 'I did not want to be part of a photo op' Demanding transparency and fairness from Trump tax plan Overnight Energy: Trump orders review of national monuments, claiming ‘egregious abuse’ MORE (I-Vt.) that aims to hold senior VA officials accountable for delays in healthcare.
“We should pass Sen. Sanders’s bill as soon as possible,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “If Republicans support our nation’s soldiers, then help us support our nation’s soldiers. ... Let’s give the American veteran the thought and care they deserve.”
Reid criticized Republicans for blocking a veterans benefit bill earlier this year because it wasn’t fully paid for.
“Republicans ignore the true cost of democracy,” Reid said. “Instead Republicans focus on the monetary cost only.”
Republicans blocked Sanders's bill, which cost more than $20 billion, because it would “bust the budget.” It’s unclear whether Republicans will block Sanders's new effort, which includes provisions similar to a bill introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).