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Senate Approves Veteran and Highway Bills

In something of a consolation prize in a year marred by gridlock, the Senate approved expanding veterans’ health care and replenishing the Highway Trust Fund....

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Lifted by Economic Growth, Obama Speaks Optimistically of Policies

Lifted by Economic Growth, Obama Speaks Optimistically of PoliciesLifted by Economic Growth, Obama Speaks Optimistically of PoliciesThe president said that his policies had reaped rewards despite a lack of cooperation by Congress....

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House Approves Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Care

The 420-to-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where final passage is all but assured before Congress leaves Friday for a five-week summer recess....

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V.A. Chief Spent Career Seeking Out Tough Tasks

V.A. Chief Spent Career Seeking Out Tough TasksV.A. Chief Spent Career Seeking Out Tough TasksRobert McDonald, a former Army officer and Procter & Gamble executive, has held increasingly demanding leadership roles in his career. With his confirmation as secretary of veterans affairs, he may have been handed his biggest challenge....

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Senate Confirms Obama’s Choice to Lead V.A.

Senate Confirms Obama’s Choice to Lead V.A.Senate Confirms Obama’s Choice to Lead V.A.Robert A. McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble and West Point graduate, was confirmed 97 to 0....

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Deal Allots $17 Billion for Overhaul of V.A. Health Care System

Deal Allots $17 Billion for Overhaul of V.A. Health Care SystemDeal Allots $17 Billion for Overhaul of V.A. Health Care SystemThe agreement set off a rush to gather signatures from members of the conference committee working on the bill so that it could be put to a vote of the full House and Senate before a recess....

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Lawmakers Reach Deal on a Fix for V.A.’s Health Care System

The measure is expected to set aside billions of dollars to hire new doctors, build new buildings and upgrade the department’s scheduling system....

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Improving Default Rates on F.H.A. Loans

Improving Default Rates on F.H.A. LoansImproving Default Rates on F.H.A. LoansNew research from the Urban Institute suggests reasons that V.A. mortgages are less likely to go into default than F.H.A. loans....

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Confirmation Hearing Becomes Debate on Veterans Affairs

Confirmation Hearing Becomes Debate on Veterans AffairsConfirmation Hearing Becomes Debate on Veterans AffairsWhile members of the Senate panel praised Robert A. McDonald as an ideal pick to lead the department, they debated whether the agency needed more money to fix its problems....

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Bottlenecks in Training Doctors

Our current medical education system is ill-equipped to train the number of professionals we need....

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V.A. Official Says Fixing Issues at Root of Waiting-List Scandal Will Cost Billions

V.A. Official Says Fixing Issues at Root of Waiting-List Scandal Will Cost BillionsV.A. Official Says Fixing Issues at Root of Waiting-List Scandal Will Cost BillionsThe Veterans Affairs’ acting secretary told a Senate committee that hiring 1,500 doctors and 8,500 nurses and other clinicians to work at V.A. hospitals would cost $17.6 billion over three years....

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