Crawford among 5 to oppose VA overhaul measure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford is among five House members to oppose a measure to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care, a vote that drew immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger.The congressman from east Arkansas voted against a measure that overwhelmingly cleared the House and is now headed to the Senate for a vote. The $16.3 billion measure is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make firing senior executives at the VA easier.Democratic challenger Jackie McPherson criticized Crawford for opposing the measure, a stance he said was out of touch with Arkansans. Crawford said he didn't believe the measure was a responsible approach because it would add to the federal deficit.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)7/30/2014 5:59:56 PM (GMT -5:00)