UPDATE: Veterans Affairs Bill Moves To White House

The Veterans Affairs bill will now be on its way to the White House.

Thursday night, the Senate easily approved the landmark bill.

The bill will help veterans avoid long waits for health care, and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The measure now goes to President Obama for his signature.

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Continuing coverage on a deal to improve the medical treatment of U.S. veterans. 

New legislation approved by the House would offer $16 billion in funding to cut back on long wait times, and offer more medical staff and other resources. 

The VA recently came under fire after whistleblower reports came out showing some vets died waiting on long lists for treatment. 

Northern Michigan’s News Leader spoke with Representative Dan Benishek about the legislation he worked on to help fix the issues that impact vets from across the nation, to right here in Northern Michigan. 

“As you know in Northern Michigan, where veterans have to travel to Saginaw to get care, in the U.P. they gotta travel to Iron Mountain, and if you don’t live near a facility they can send you to a local provider. It’s a huge step forward. It allows out veterans to have a choice and more timely access to care.”

The legislation now moves on the Senate, which could vote today, and then to President Obama.