House Passes Bill 421-0 to Let Veterans Ditch VA
Unanimous vote a rarity for Congress
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2014 2:18 PM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., right, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, after a Republican Conference meeting.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Are you sitting down? Good. Because the House just passed a high-profile bill unanimously. The bill allows veterans to seek treatment outside the Veterans Affairs system using government funds, Politico reports. It closely resembles a bipartisan Senate deal struck between Bernie Sanders and John McCain. The final vote tally was 421-0.

"I cannot state it strongly enough—this is a national disgrace," said the bill's chief sponsor, Republican Jeff Miller of Florida, according to the Modesto Bee. He is chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. "We often hear that the care that veterans receive at the VA facilities is second to none," added the committee's top Democrat, Mike Michaud of Maine. But "as we have recently learned, tens of thousands of veterans are not getting in.”

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farleyj1
Jun 15, 2014 12:42 PM CDT
421 comgress people making 6 figured pay checks plus the perks that go with it. They need to be called out on this alone. Why not cut them down to 100 congress people or less. Then they wonder wher the budget is. Not with the VA but with congress. They have America fooled. "Design a system that a fool can use and only a fool will use it" They all should be fired.
NCFisher
Jun 11, 2014 11:22 AM CDT
Impossible! - the VA is a shining paradigm of single-pay, we've been told. It appears 199 Democrats disagree.
Ed C
Jun 11, 2014 8:45 AM CDT
Let's see if they take up a vote to let civilians ditch Obamacare if they want.