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APNewsBreak: VA health care nominee withdraws

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, speaks with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. as they take an escalator to the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Sanders proposed legislation this week that would allow veterans who can't get timely appointments with VA doctors to go to community health centers, military hospitals or private doctors. The bill also would authorize the VA to lease 27 new health facilities in 18 states and give the VA secretary authority to remove senior executives within 30 days of being fired for poor job performance, eliminating lengthy appeals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle.

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