Editorial: Veterans legislation needs more muscle

The news of a bipartistan deal to address problems in Veterans Affairs that made headlines for long wait times and falsified records to conceal delays is long overdue.

The plan would allow veterans to seek private care if they face long wait lines at VA facilities. It would inject $17 billion into the VA system, including $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

The deal came after more than six weeks of sometimes contentious talks. Last week, it appeared that negotiations had stalled.


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