By LAUREN FRENCH | 7/30/14 4:44 PM EDT Updated: 7/30/14 9:38 PM EDT
The House on Wednesday approved legislation 420-5 to drastically reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In a strong bipartisan vote, lawmakers backed the $17 billion compromise bill crafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.). The Senate is expected to sign off on the legislation later this week.
The agency has been widely criticized in the wake of reports that it manipulated data on its wait times, hiding delays that in some cases contributed to the deaths of veterans. There has been overwhelming support in Congress to overhaul the agency after the White House found a “corrosive culture” of corruption within the department – a report that prompted former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
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