The compromise includes funds for veterans’ choice cards that will let more veterans seek care outside the VA system, for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and for new and expanded VA facilities.  It also reforms how the VA evaluates employees and conducts reviews of VA facilities and personnel.

Senator John Walsh released the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to reform the VA, announced by Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Jeff Miller:

“This agreement will finally move the much-needed VA reforms forward, including the Commission on Care, which provides an independent review of the Veterans Health Administration to improve the health services our veterans receive. I also want to recognize the strong work of Senator Tester on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Montana can be proud of his unwavering advocacy for veterans. Taking care of veterans shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and I am eager to vote on this compromise to ensure Montana veterans receive the services they have earned. "

Senator Jon Tester released the following statement after Senate and House of Representatives leaders compromised on a VA reform bill that will increase veterans’ access to care and hold VA employees more accountable:

“Compromise can be a dirty word in Washington, but it’s good to see politics set aside so veterans can get the care they earned.  Negotiations weren’t easy, but ultimately folks came together to increase veterans’ access to care and put the VA on notice that our military men and women deserve better.  This bill is good for veterans in Montana and nationwide, and I look forward to seeing it become law.”