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  • Chairman Roe Statement On House Passage Of Legislation Protecting Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act: “I strongly believe we must do everything in our power to protect the rights guaranteed to all Americans, especially the men and women who have served, by the Constitution. The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act does just that. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in passing this important legislation that... Read more

  • House Passes Landmark Accountability Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 with bipartisan support: “The VA Accountability First Act will provide Secretary Shulkin the tools he needs to swiftly discipline employees who fail in their mission to provide world-class health care and services to the men and women who served, and I’m proud this bill passed with bipartisan support. This... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Introduce VA Prescription Safety Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee Chairmen Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Jack Bergman (R-MI), along with Ranking Members Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Ann Kuster (D-NH) released the following statements following introduction of the VA Prescription Drug Accountability Act: “Keeping pressure on the VA when it comes to combating the national prescription drug abuse epidemic is not a Democrat issue or Republican issue – it is an American issue,” said Wenstrup. “I’m pleased to cosponso... Read more

  • Arrington Introduces Official Time Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) introduced the Veterans, Employees and Taxpayer (VET) Protection Act. This bill would require VA to track the use of official time and prohibit employees involved with direct patient care from spending more than 25% of their time on union activities and any VA employee from spending more than 50% of their time on union activities. This legislation would also put an end to forcing VA employees to pay union dues, giving... Read more

  • HVAC Passes Five Bills Out Of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed five pieces of legislation: “Whether it’s creating a culture of accountability at VA, expanding access to quality care or protecting the rights entrusted to our nation’s heroes, these bills will improve the lives of America’s veterans and build a better VA. I am proud to support these important bills and look forward to moving them through the legislative process.” Background:... Read more

  • Roe, Coffman Statements On Secretary Shulkin’s Intention To Expand Mental Health Care Services
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) released the following statements after Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shulkin’s announcement of his intention to expand mental health care services to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges: “I take the health and well-being of every man and woman who has served our country very seriously,” said Roe. “I appreciate Secretary Shulkin taking steps to ensure ... Read more

  • Chairman Roe On The Future Of VA Community Care
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    Shaping The Future: Consolidating And Improving VA Community Care Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D., held a hearing to examine the Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Program and the future of VA community care programs, authorities and budget impact. You can view Chairman Roe's opening remarks from today's hearing here: Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery: Though it is somewhat unusual for the Committee to meet in the evening hours, today’s t... Read more

  • Wenstrup Introduces Bill Improving VA’s Ability To Hire, Retain High-Quality Providers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Subcommittee on Health Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) introduced legislation to improve VA’s ability to recruit and retain high-quality healthcare providers and other professionals. “Ultimately, the people who suffer the most from bureaucratic hiring inefficiencies at VA hospitals are the veterans they are here to serve,” said Chairman Wenstrup. “When attracting highly-qualified candidates is a challenge for Veterans’ Affairs hospitals, access to care, quality of care and wait times for ... Read more

  • Bost, Esty Introduce Bills To Provide Cost-Of-Living Adjustment To Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

    Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Ranking Member Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) introduced two bills, the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017 and the American Heroes COLA Act of 2017, to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans. “I am proud to introduce these bills to provide important cost-of-living adjustments to our nation’s veterans and their dependents,” said DAMA Subcommittee Chairman Bost. “These measures h... Read more

  • Roe Statement On President Trump’s Joint Address To Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s joint address to Congress: “I’m pleased that President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to honor every man and woman who has worn the uniform of our great nation this evening. I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and his administration as we strive to instill a culture of accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs,... Read more

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