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Rob Nabors Cites 'Corrosive Culture' in VA Scandal

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White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors found "a corrosive culture" and inadequate resources contributed to the VA health care scandal in a report he delivered to President Barack Obama Friday.  

Nabors and acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson briefed Obama on their latest findings and actions taken to date — including new protections for whistleblowers and $393 million in spending to accelerate care.  

VA Conference Committee Hopes for Quick Deal Despite High Price Tag

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House and Senate negotiators hope for a quick deal to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs although they have yet to resolve whether to offset a potentially enormous pricetag or add to the deficit.  

More than two dozen members of the House and Senate met in a rare conference committee Tuesday to begin resolving each chambers' proposals to address the VA health care scandal.  

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal (Updated) (Video)

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Updated 4:16 p.m. | Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.  

Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs chairman, and McCain met Thursday to negotiate a bipartisan response to the scandal at the VA — and they announced the deal on the Senate floor.  

VA Bills Face Familiar Senate Gauntlet (Video)

The Senate's efforts to address the scandal rocking the Department of Veterans Affairs could run headlong into the chamber's usual gridlock and partisan politics.  

While there has been a bipartisan clamor for action in the wake of the scandal that has already led to the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki, Democrats and Republicans are drafting separate bills and the usual Senate suspects — fights over money and amendments — could spell trouble.  

Sanders Unveils Emergency VA Measure, Could Soon Hit Senate Floor (Video)

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Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernard Sanders on Sunday unveiled his plan for emergency legislation to address the scandal that's enveloped the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

The plan from Sanders, a Vermont Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, includes previously announced provisions for enhanced firing authority for senior personnel, but adds due process provisions not in a House-passed bill. The Senate VA panel will hold a hearing about the measure this coming Thursday, with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., having indicated it could soon reach the Senate floor.  

Senate Appropriators Plan Funds for DOJ Probe of VA

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The Senate's top appropriators plan to provide resources for the Justice Department to investigate the health scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a Friday letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Vice Chairman Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., say that the Senate's Commerce-Justice-Science bill will include resources for such a probe.  

The news from the appropriators came not long after President Barack Obama announced the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.  

Ahead of Meeting With Obama, Shinseki Apologizes for VA Scandal, Asks Congress for Help

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Updated 10 a.m. | Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for the scandal rocking his department Friday, but he did not resign ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama this morning.  

"I apologize," to Congress, the public and to the veterans, Shinseki said — calling the findings of systemic shortcomings in VA health care unacceptable.  

Justice Department Already Involved in VA Scandal

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An increasing number of lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe of misconduct at the Department of Veterans' Affairs, but at some level, federal prosecutors are already involved.  

Richard Griffin, the acting inspector general at the VA, testified at a May 15 Senate hearing that his office was already in contact with DOJ about potential criminal conduct in Phoenix, Ariz.  

In VA Scandal, More Senators Call for Shinseki Ouster, FBI Investigation (Updated)

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Updated 5:47 p.m. | The snowball of senators and Senate candidates calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign turned into an avalanche Wednesday afternoon.  

There were also new calls for the FBI to investigate following the release of a devastating audit.  

Vietnam Veterans Group Joins Outrage Over Burr's VA Letter

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A group representing veterans from the Vietnam War has joined several other organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign W ars, in blasting Sen. Richard M. Burr's recent open letter to veterans.  

In a missive sent Tuesday afternoon to the ranking Republican on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, the leadership of Vietnam Veterans of America "write to express our astonishment at your insulting remarks about the testimony and staff."