President Obama Signs Veterans Bill

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/07 2014 02:54PM

Updated 08/07 2014 06:14PM

WASHINGTON - President Obama signed a $16 billion Veterans Administration reform bill into law on Thursday. The measure provides money for more VA hospitals, doctors and nurses.

It's aimed at erasing the backlog of veterans across the country waiting for care.

“In a dysfunctional Congress, I’m glad we accomplished something significant for veterans," U.S. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said. "This legislation will go a long way toward ending unacceptably long waiting times for veterans to access health care and allow the VA the resources to hire the doctors, nurses and other medical staff it needs to address these problems over the long term.”

A CNN investigation found that dozens of veterans died while waiting for care and uncovered secret lists kept by some VA facilities to hide the waiting periods.

The law includes more funds so some veterans can get health care at private facilities.

It also makes it easier to fire or discipline senior VA officials.

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