Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead set against raising the deficit.

The bill includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care, plus $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff, and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country.

Miller chairs the House veterans committee. He said he's confident he can sell the VA bill to Republicans, including tea party members. A House vote is expected this week.

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