Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Robert McDon­ald late last week said he’s con­fi­dent Congress will act soon to ad­dress a loom­ing bud­get cri­sis

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that could force his agency to shut down some VA hos­pi­tals, freeze hir­ing and take other belt­tight­en­ing steps. Mem­bers of Congress told McDon­ald ear­lier in the week that clos­ing hos­pi­tals would be un­ac­cept­able, de­spite the agency’s $2.5 bil­lion short­fall. VA of­fi­cials say that has been caused by a sharp in­crease in de­mand for healthcare, in­clud­ing costly treat­ments for hep­ati­tis C. But law­mak­ers say the VA is mis­man­aged and failed to iden­tify the bud­get cri­sis in due time.

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