The House on Wednesday adopted multiple amendments to the first fiscal 2015 appropriations bill of the year to address the backlog of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Members first gave voice vote approval to an amendment offered by Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonArizona voters like Kyl but few think he'll stick around Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate Arizona governor faces pressure over McCain replacement MORE (R-Ariz.) that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs (VA) inspector general by $1 million. It would be offset by reducing funds for the Office of General Administration by the same amount.

The Arizona lawmakers touted their proposal as a response to recent allegations that a VA hospital  in Phoenix maintained a "secret waiting list" to avoid reporting on extended care delays. The House Veterans Affairs Committee said earlier this month said that the delays may have caused as many as 40 deaths. 

"This is unconscionable," Salmon said. "This is the least we can do."

Sinema said that increasing funds for the inspector general's office would help boost staffing to investigate the nationwide delays in processing veterans' claims.

"We need answers for Phoenix, but this is not an isolated incident," Sinema said.

Members also adopted, by voice vote, an amendment offered by Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel Costa14 House Dems vow to withhold Speaker votes over rule reforms Moderate Blue Dogs endorse House rules overhaul to break gridlock Midterm polling data favors Democrats — in moderation MORE (D-Calif.) that would increase general operating expenses for veterans benefits administration by $10 million.

Additionally, a Rep. Raul RuizRaul RuizCongress must act to ensure access to air medical services House GOP highlights 16 ‘On the Radar’ candidates When it comes to treating depression, 'step therapy' is a costly misstep MORE (D-Calif.) amendment adopted by voice vote would provide $5 million for digital scanning of health and benefits files as the VA transitions to an electronic system for processing claims.