VA reform bill headed to Senate floor

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Don’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said a bipartisan deal to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department will soon hit the Senate floor.

Reid said he’ll bring the legislation up “in the next 24 hours, 48 hours at most” and said it’s “urgent” that Congress take action to fix the long wait times in the VA’s healthcare system.

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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Ariz.), who crafted the compromise bill with Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Bernie Sanders tells Kansas crowd: This 'sure doesn’t look' like a GOP state The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE (I-Vt.), predicted the legislation will hit the Senate floor on Wednesday.

"We're going to take it up tomorrow," McCain told reporters. He did not say when there would be a final vote on the measure, noting "there will be amendments from both parties."

The bill would give the VA secretary more latitude to dismiss senior executives, provides $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses and establish a two-year pilot program that would allow veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA hospital to see the doctor of their choice.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Ky.) said the chamber might be able to finish the bill this week.

The House on Tuesday approved its own VA reform bill. Passed 421-0, the bill would require the VA to pay for enrolled veterans' medical care from private doctors if they cannot get appointments within the department's wait time goals.

— Cristina Marcos contributed.