Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have reached a $15 billion agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a draft of the agreement.
The legislation, which is set to be unveiled Monday afternoon, will give the VA secretary broad new authority to fire or demote senior officials accused of mismanagement and will create a system where veterans can seek private care if VA doctors are unable to treat the patients within 14 days.
The deal will allocate $5 billion to hire new doctors and nurses and removes bureaucratic barriers that slowed hiring so the VA can more quickly fill medical vacancies
The legislation must be approved by the House and Senate and time is running short before Congress goes on a five-week recess Friday. Last week, Miller said his goal is to send a bill to President Barack Obama for his signature before the August recess. If the Senate is able to clear procedural hurdles in time, aides are eyeing Thursday as a potential day to vote on the agreement.