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Both Wisconsin U.S. Senators vote yes on VA bill

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Both Wisconsin senators voted for a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care.

The $16 billion compromise legislation passed the U.S. Senate Thursday night after clearing the House.

The measure will fix many of the problems at the scandal-plagued Veterans Administration.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin says she is pleased by a provision adding 1,500 graduate medical education residents to the VA Health Service.

The bill will let veterans go to private doctors if they live more than 40 miles from the VA facility, or are told they face a wait of more than 14 days.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)