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Conferees on VA reform bill to meet next week

House and Senate conferees picked to hammer out a deal on legislation overhauling the Veterans Affairs Department’s troubled healthcare system will convene early next week.

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“My goal is to get this legislation onto the president’s desk as soon as we possibly can,” he said.

Both chambers this week approved motions to set up a conference committee to merge similar bills designed to increase accountability at the VA and provide veterans more options for medical care.

Lawmakers hope to report out a final version of the reform bill before July 4, according to a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee aide.

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Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSome doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP Lobbying World McCarthy courts conservatives in Speaker's bid MORE (R-Ohio) named eight Republicans, including House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), to the conference panel: Doug Lamborn (Colo.), Phil Roe (Tenn.), Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresRepublicans express doubts that Ryan can stay on as Speaker McCarthy says early leadership election to replace Ryan unlikely Five takeaways from Zuckerberg’s testimony MORE (Texas), Dan BenishekDaniel (Dan) Joseph BenishekRepublican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Tea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire MORE (Mich.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Brad Wenstrup (Ohio) and Jackie Walorski (Ind.). All are members of the Veterans’ Affairs panel.