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Senator Coats Votes with Majority to Pass VA Reform Bill

Indiana Senator Dan Coats voted with the majority Thursday in approving a bill reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department.

The bill, approved by the house on Wednesday, is now awaiting President Obama’s signature.

Senator Coats says passing the legislation and confirming a new VA secretary marks a turning point and a chance for a fresh start.

Coats adds we need to keep the promises our country has made to its veterans.

The legislation goes after systemic VA scheduling problems and unreasonable wait times. 
It would give many vets the option of seeking care outside the VA system. 

Coats says the roughly 17-billion dollar measure provides funding to expand VA facilities and hire more doctors and nurses.

It also aims to make it easier to fire corrupt or incompetent VA employees.