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Jun 5, 2014

Senators reach bipartisan deal on veterans’ healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Key senators announced on Thursday a bipartisan proposal to address a crisis in veterans’ healthcare, seeking quick action on a scandal that embarrassed the Obama administration and angered lawmakers who are strong advocates for veterans.

The legislative proposal, which must be voted on by the full Senate, is aimed at ensuring immediate care for military veterans while giving the Obama administration greater authority to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jun 4, 2014

Lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers engaged in rare bipartisan talks on Wednesday about legislation to address delays in the delivery of health care for military veterans.

The discussions sparked optimism that Republicans and Democrats can quickly strike a deal for a bill that would ensure immediate care for veterans and give the Obama administration greater authority to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jun 4, 2014

U.S. lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers engaged in
rare bipartisan talks on Wednesday about legislation to address
delays in the delivery of health care for military veterans.

The discussions sparked optimism that Republicans and
Democrats can quickly strike a deal for a bill that would ensure
immediate care for veterans and give the Obama administration
greater authority to fire employees at the Department of
Veterans Affairs.

May 31, 2014

Dressing the VA’s wounds: What Obama faces now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. President Barack Obama accepted the resignation on Friday of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, he said his priority now was fixing the troubled agency whose officials are accused of covering up delays in providing healthcare for U.S. veterans.

That task is monumental. As Obama himself said, the sprawling Veterans Affairs department “has had problems for a very long time,” including management problems. The agency’s woes have been compounded by the rising demands for services after the return of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama noted on Friday that the VA enrolled 2 million new veterans in healthcare under Shinseki’s watch. 

May 29, 2014

Republicans attack Obama over veterans scandal

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – Republicans stepped up their
attacks on the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans
Affairs healthcare delay scandal on Thursday, but House Speaker
John Boehner again declined to join a growing list of lawmakers
calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

Boehner told reporters he was still not convinced that
Shinseki’s ouster would solve the VA’s problems. Instead, he
sought to keep the pressure on President Barack Obama for VA
scheduling abuses that covered up monthslong delays for
veterans’ medical care appointments.

May 29, 2014

Boehner resists calls for U.S. veterans chief ouster, blames Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans stepped up their attacks on the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans Affairs healthcare delay scandal on Thursday, but House Speaker John Boehner again declined to join a growing list of lawmakers calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

At a news briefing, Boehner said he was not still convinced that Shinseki’s ouster would solve the VA’s problems. Instead, he sought to keep the pressure on President Barack Obama for VA scheduling abuses that covered up monthslong delays for veterans’ medical care appointments.

May 20, 2014

U.S. House to debate bill on firing rules at veterans’ agency

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives will vote this week on a bill to make it easier
for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire or demote senior
executives, officials said on Tuesday, following accusations
that veterans’ healthcare delays have led to preventable deaths.

The bill addressing the “mess at the Veterans
Administration” will “try and provide the tools to the
administration to hold senior managers accountable,” House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, told reporters.

May 18, 2014

Courtroom theatrics a hallmark of Republican leading Benghazi probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican who will lead an investigation of the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic quarters in Benghazi was known for courtroom theatrics in his time as a prosecutor, portending dramatic hearings on an issue that already has strained partisan civility in Washington.

Republicans hope to gain political traction before congressional elections in November by accusing the White House of muddying the facts to protect President Barack Obama after the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed in the attacks by Islamic militants.

May 11, 2014

Democrats struggle to win over skeptical Americans on Obamacare

SOMERSWORTH, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president’s signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November’s midterm elections.

Three races in New Hampshire illustrate the challenge, offering a test of whether Democrats can overcome voter skepticism about the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law, aiming to expand health insurance coverage to millions more Americans, has come under sustained attack from Republicans.

May 9, 2014

Republicans name seven to U.S. House panel on Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives named seven lawmakers to a special committee on Friday to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but Democrats called the panel a stunt and were undecided on whether they would participate.

Democrats say several committees have already investigated the Benghazi attacks exhaustively, without proving Republican allegations that the administration did too little to repulse the attacks and then tried to protect President Barack Obama from the political fallout.