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House Passes Bill Making VA Execs Give Back Bonuses

In this May 29, 2014 file photo, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. speaks Capitol Hill in Washington. Fewer veterans are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that plagued VA facilities nationwide. In fact, so few veterans are signing up for the much-ballyhooed Choice cards that allow access to private health care that the Veterans Affairs Department says it wants to redirect some of the $10 billion Congress allocated for the program. Republicans say the VA should do a better job selling the choice program. Lawmakers also want to address a quirk in the law that makes it harder for veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA clinic. The government measure the distance as the crow flies, rather than driving miles, leaving thousands of veterans out of the choice program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
In this May 29, 2014 file photo, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. speaks Capitol Hill in Washington. Fewer veterans are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that plagued VA facilities nationwide. In fact, so few veterans are signing up for the much-ballyhooed Choice cards that allow access to private health care that the Veterans Affairs Department says it wants to redirect some of the $10 billion Congress allocated for the program. Republicans say the VA should do a better job selling the choice program. Lawmakers also want to address a quirk in the law that makes it harder for veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA clinic. The government measure the distance as the crow flies, rather than driving miles, leaving thousands of veterans out of the choice program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON—The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct...




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