Expanded vets benefits clears early Senate hurdle, faces GOP roadblocks over cost concerns

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 26, 2014 - 3:00 AM

WASHINGTON — A sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans easily cleared an early Senate hurdle on Tuesday. But the election-year measure still faces an uncertain fate as Republicans battle to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it.

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