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Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate panel that it will take more than $17 billion over three years to fix problems at the agency that he inherited last month. A congressional bill to address problems at the agency would cost at least $30 billion by one estimate. (Photo courtesy the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs)

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Acting VA secretary tells Senate $17.6 billion is needed to fix agency

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate committee Wednesday that the agency will need another $17.6 billion over the next three years to cut patient waiting times for the rising number of veterans.