Lawmakers planning to introduce VA healthcare reform legislation in the Senate this week
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are planning to take action this week in an effort to fix the broken Veterans Affairs (VA) system by introducing two bills in the Senate.
One of the bills, the Republican-sponsored Veterans Choice Act, would give veterans more flexibility in choosing their healthcare providers and allow them the option to seek aide outside of the VA system. It would also help improve accountability by allowing more efficient hiring and firing, according to the Washington Post.
The other bill, the Restoring Veterans' Trust Act, sponsored by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernard Sanders, would allow the VA secretary to remove senior officials for poor performance.
There will be a press conference at 1:45 p.m. where senators will introduce and discuss the bills further.