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The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan nonprofit group, has warned that the Senate bill provides a "blank check to the VA, violates every principle of good budgeting, and could add substantially to the national debt."
Rep. Jeff Miller (R Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, told Democrats, "I hope that I don see this vote used in any political ads."
budget director who voted for the bill, said in a National Press Club speech Tuesday that it was important for Congress to come up with a "fiscally responsible" bill.
The Concord Coalition, in its blog, said Congress response to the VA healthcare scandal is to "throw money at the problem while throwing some veterans into a more costly and less effective system than the one they have been trying to access."
Both measures would allow veterans living at least 40 miles from a VA facility or those unable to receive an appointment at a VA facility within the department wait time goals from a VA facility to seek private care.
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The issue promises to revive a debate over whether Congress should require spending cuts to other federal programs to offset increased spending for VA healthcare.
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House and Senate negotiators are due to begin working to reconcile their differences on VA reform, but the legislation is drawing scrutiny from budget watchdogs.
But what so far has been a bipartisan response to the VA scandal showed strains Wednesday when the Republican controlled House rejected, largely along party lines, a Democratic led effort to instruct the chamber negotiators to accept the bill passed by the Senate last week.
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