FILE - In the Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., conveys a message he reads from his mobile phone to witness, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Miller on March 16, accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

The inspector general’s office at the Department of Veterans Affairs is defending its actions after the office came under unusual criticism from its counterpart at the Treasury Department.

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo shows part of the website in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Senate Dems threaten to oppose deal on Medicare doc fees

Democratic senators would oppose a potential House bipartisan deal preventing cuts in physicians’ Medicare payments if it doesn’t finance a children’s health program for four years, senior Senate Democratic aides said Sunday.