Congress reaches deal on new VA funding

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Hugh McQuaid photo)
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers in Congress reached a bipartisan agreement over the weekend for a bill approving billions in emergency funding to reform the struggling Veterans Affairs healthcare system, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday.

Blumenthal, who serves on the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, said the agreement is the “beginning of really good news” for veterans and the federal VA. The agency has been under intense scrutiny for weeks following revelations of long patient wait times and efforts by staff to cover up the system’s shortcomings.

The agreement will still need to be drafted into a bill and passed by both chambers of Congress. But if passed, Blumenthal said the deal would provide the agency with $5 billion to hire new employees and upgrade its facilities.

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