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Reid Open to VA Amendments on Defense Bill

By Niels Lesniewski and JM Rieger

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As Senators begin to discuss legislation designed to remedy the controversy engulfing the Department of Veterans Affairs, it isn’t immediately clear when they might have a venue for that debate. On Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate would not legislate on the fiscal 2015 Military Construction-VA spending bill, but then volunteered that a VA health debate might happen in connection with the defense authorization bill, which is currently being marked up by the Armed Services Committee. “We would be happy to try to working something out on the authorization, which my understanding is that Sen. Levin’s going to work on that again this week, hopefully report it out really soon,” Reid said, referring to Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich.

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