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.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats: Where the hell are You? Sanders on Trump pick: This is how a rigged economy works Trump picks Goldman Sachs chief for top economic adviser: report MORE (I-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said the group of 28 lawmakers would meeton Tuesday.
“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 BoehnerNetanyahu: 'No question' about Trump's support for Israel The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt 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 FloresBill FloresHouse approves funding bill, but fate in Senate unclear Texas lawmaker defends HGTV hosts House freshman wins RSC chair MORE (Texas), Dan BenishekDan 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.