TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come together to approve billions in emergency spending to begin to fix some of the serious problems within the VA health system.
Accusations of long wait times, falsified records and the deaths of veterans who were denied care have scandalized the agency for months.
Pinellas Congressman David Jolly said republicans, democrats and independents all agreed that something had to be done quickly.
“In the end, what we reached with a compromise is a good compromise that I think everybody should support. My fear though and we cannot let this happen, neither republicans or democrats, neither the White House or Congress, or anybody in America should think that this bill solves all of our problems. We cannot declare success simply because of today’s success. We still have to work harder on this,” Jolly said.
The compromise plan authorizes 11 billion dollars to lease 27 new VA clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and give veterans access to outside care.
“I’ve been fighting for this for a few years now to expand the clinic to 114,000 square feet in additional services so our veterans don’t have to drive to Haley for services such as radiology. So we’re expanding the services and an additional 15,000 veterans will be served,” Bilirakis said.
Bilirakis said he expects quick approval on the hill and for the president to sign it before the end of the week.
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