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Reid Touts VA Bill, Student Loan Fix at Weekly News Conference

By Niels Lesniewski and JM Rieger

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The Senate could move ahead at breakneck pace on bipartisan legislation to address the VA scandal — after just as swiftly voting to block a partisan student loan refinancing bill. A test vote on the student loan measure championed by Democrats and led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is set for Wednesday, and despite the vocal support of Democrats and an outside public relations push, it is going nowhere fast. Majority Leader Harry Reid said the VA bill could move ahead quickly at his weekly news conference. “I hope we can bring it to the floor in the next 24 hours, 48 hours at the most,” the Nevada Democrat said. “And if people want amendments on the veterans bill, they should be able to have amendments on it.”

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