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Opening Statement of Hon. Michael H. Michaud, Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, and a Representative in Congress from the State of Maine

I would like to thank everyone for coming today.

Today’s legislative hearing is an opportunity for  Members of Congress, veterans, the VA and other interested parties to discuss recently-introduced legislation within the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction in a clear and orderly process. 

I do not necessarily agree or disagree with the bills before us today, but I believe that this is an important process that will encourage frank discussions and new ideas.

We have eight bills before us today. 

I look forward to hearing the views of our witnesses on these bills before us.

I also look forward to working with everyone here to improve the quality of care available to our veterans.