Senate passes Veterans Affairs reform bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTXL) -  The U.S. Senate has passed a bill aimed at reforming the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The Senate approved a bill that allows for expedited firings and demotions for senior officials in the agency.  The measure is designed to crack down on reported negligence and corruption being investigated within the V.A.   Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was one of the bill's key sponsors.

“Let me be clear ‑ the enormous majority ‑ the vast majority, of the men and women who work at the VA work hard and do a good job, but there are too many that do not and there’s not enough accountability with regards to that," said Rubio.

The bill also aims to expedite care for veterans currently on VA wait lists, by allowing them to seek outside treatment at the expense of the agency.

The Senate bill now needs to be merged with a similar House version, which passed that chamber unanimously.