VA http://wkyufm.org en Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis http://wkyufm.org/post/lawmakers-reach-deal-intended-fix-va-system-crisis Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have reached a deal to overhaul the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, multiple news organizations are reporting.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/27/house-senate-negotiators-reach-deal-on-veterans-bill/"><em>The Washington Post</em> reports</a> the deal struck by the chiefs of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees would "provide funding to hire more doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals." <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/us/politics/department-of-veterans-affairs-health-system-fix- Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:00 +0000 editor 51724 at http://wkyufm.org Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis Democrats: McConnell's Attacks on President Hypocritical http://wkyufm.org/post/democrats-mcconnells-attacks-president-hypocritical <p></p><p>Democrats are responding to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s criticism of President Obama regarding veterans’ disability claims. Speaking Monday in Louisville at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, McConnell said the backlog of more than 816-thousand disabled veterans who are seeking benefits is a “national disgrace.”</p><p>Kentucky’s senior Senator said the President should get involved to clear the medical claims backlog, adding “veterans should be able to count on their commander in chief.”</p><p><a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130722/NEWS01/307220090/Mitch-McConnell-blasts-Obama-over-VA-claims-backlog-Democrats-say-senator-blame" target="_blank">But the Courier-Journal reports</a> the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly shot back at the U.S. Senate Minority Leader, saying that McConnell’s obstructionism is to blame for the problem. The group pointed out McConnell voted against a V.A. appropriations bill that included a plan to address the heavy backlog of veterans’ medical claims.</p><p>According to Congressional Quarterly, McConnell was one of six Republican Senators to vote against a House measure that included funding designed to clear the backlog.</p><p>A spokesman for McConnell says money isn’t the issue, pointing out that the V.A’s funding has increased 40% over the past four years. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:11:16 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 34407 at http://wkyufm.org Democrats: McConnell's Attacks on President Hypocritical