By Martin Matishak - 06/20/14 04:02 PM EDT
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 SandersClinton maps out first 100 days Clinton surrogate: Kaine is ‘woke’ Trump tries to stoke liberal anger at Kaine pick 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 BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' 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 FloresMoulitsas: Stuck with Trump Top conservative calls for 'less trash talk' from Trump GOP fears next Trump blowup MORE (Texas), Dan BenishekDan BenishekTea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire The Republicans who voted to withdraw from ISIS war MORE (Mich.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Brad Wenstrup (Ohio) and Jackie Walorski (Ind.). All are members of the Veterans’ Affairs panel.