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House, Senate chairs resume VA talks

Washington (AP) -- A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are attempting again to find a compromise.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida chair their chamber's panels on veterans' affairs. The two men had a public spat Thursday that appeared to put in jeopardy efforts by Congress to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records.

Sanders' proposal would cost about $25 billion over three years to lease new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to get outside care. Miller's proposal would require only $10 billion in emergency spending.

 
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