Veterans

Isakson 'Damn Satisfied' with VA Bill (Audio)
 

Senate to Accept 3-Month Highway Bill
 

The Senate will accept a House bill to provide a three-month extension of highway programs, as well as preventing a veterans funding shortfall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday the Senate will take up the highway extension from the House that will run to Oct. 29. He also said the House will pass a long-term bill that will ultimately go to conference with the Senate's long-term bill.

Reid Defends McCain, Slams Trump
 

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid again found himself hammering Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his weekly news conference Tuesday, after Trump released the cellphone number of 2016 contender Sen. Lindsey Graham earlier in the day.

Reid did not directly address whether the move was “befitting” of a presidential candidate, but he defended Sen. John McCain after Trump said Saturday the Arizona Republican was not a war hero.

Boehner Hammers VA Over Continuing Issues
 

Speaker John A. Boehner railed against the administration’s response to last year’s Veterans Affairs health system scandal on the floor Wednesday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation, pointing to funding and accountability measures Congress passed over the past year and the lack of results since then.

Pelosi Questions Wisdom of Firing Shinseki
 

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., don't find common ground on a lot of issues, but both lawmakers staked out similar positions Thursday on Eric Shinseki, rebuffing calls for the embattled Veterans Affairs secretary's resignation.

Pelosi Calls for Congressional Action in Veterans Affairs Scandal
 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday suggested that Congress ought to take legislative action to address the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

The California Democrat called the "allegations of misconduct" at the VA — charges that the department manipulated wait times for veterans seeking medical attention — "completely and utterly unacceptable."