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    Wide-Ranging Veterans Bill Gets Agreement Between House and Senate

    Wide-Ranging Veterans Bill Gets Agreement Between House and Senate

    The Department of Veterans Affairs caregiver program, the beleaguered electronic health records program, veteran homelessness support and more would see changes under a bipartisan, bicameral agreement unveiled Tuesday to advance a slew of legislative efforts that had been stalled.

    The Senator Elizabeth Dole 21st Century Veterans Healthcare and Benefits Improvement Act combines several bills that have been introduced this Congress seeking to bolster services for veterans and their families. The agreement — which was negotiated by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Bost, R-Ill.; Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester, D-Mont.; and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, the top Republican on the Senate committee — is expected to move through Congress this summer.

    “Over the past year and a half, we have listened to veterans and stakeholders to find the gaps within VA's services and consider common sense legislation to improve them where we can,” Bost said in a statement. “This bill would expand economic opportunities for veterans, give veterans more choice in where they choose to out their sunset years or receive health care, improve mental health support for veteran caregivers, hold VA accountable to the taxpayers and veterans they serve, and so much more.”

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