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U.S. Representative Greg Walden of Oregon was in the overwhelming majority that voted to improve healthcare for veterans and help bring accountability to the department.

 

The bill is a compromise agreement between House and Senate negotiators reached this week.

 

"This will allow us to hire more doctors and make it easier to dismiss senior managers who have failed to live up to their responsibilities.  The plan also allows more veterans to go outside the VA System to access care in the communities where they live.  It's a good first step for veterans and their families, but there's a lot more reform that needs to be done at the VA to get accountability in that broken agency."

 

The bill would fund new facilities and more doctors and nurses and would allow veterans to seek healthcare ouside the VA system.

 

The Senate is expected to vote on the plan as early as Thursday.

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.