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House, Senate appear to have deal on VA care

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Vet bill passes CongressTop lawmakers appear to have reached a deal on a bipartisan bill that would allow veterans to seek private care if they face long wait lines at Veterans Affairs' facilities.

An aide close to the negotiations said the compromise addresses both the short- and long-term needs of VA. The aide sought anonymity so as not to pre-empt a formal announcement panned for Monday afternoon.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who heads the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who heads the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said they met over the weekend and made "significant progress on legislation to make the VA more accountable, and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals," according to a press release from Sanders' office.

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