Vets Group Blasts ‘No’ Votes on VA Reform Bill

A prominent veterans group on Thursday slammed three senators who voted against bipartisan legislation to rehab the Veterans Affairs Department’s healthcare system.

The three ‘no’ votes by Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) “put dollars and cents above the interests of the nation’s veterans,” the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) said in a statement.

“There is a cost of going to war that includes taking care of those who come home wounded, ill and injured, and if these three senators have determined that we can’t afford to properly care for our veterans, then they should seek employment elsewhere!” VFW National Commander William Thien said.

The measure, which passed the Senate in a 93-3 vote Wednesday, was brokered by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). It grants new powers to the VA secretary to fire managers and allows veterans to seek private healthcare under certain circumstances.