Tennessee’s senators did not support the massive bill meant to battle problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It passed Thursday night – 91 to 3.
Sen. Lamar Alexander did not vote. He’s currently on a 35-city bus tour ahead of the Republican primary. Previously, he has backed the bill that passed, calling it “the first big step in giving veterans the same choices for their health care that our country has given them for higher education since the G.I. Bill was enacted in 1944.”
The legislation gives veterans who live far from VA facilities the ability to go see private doctors.
Sen. Bob Corker was one of the three Republicans to vote no.
He released a statement to explain. Corker says veterans “deserve solutions” but they also “deserve a Congress that has the discipline to pay for legislation it passes.”
Corker was joined by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who have opposed the $16 billion bill to reduce wait times at VA clinics and hospitals because of how much it would add to the federal deficit.