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Submission For The Record of The Honorable Corrine Brown

Today the grandstanding governor of Florida filed suit against the VA regarding their lack of access to private veterans’ health records.

This past Memorial Day weekend, I did my reconnaissance in Florida and had the honor to talk to many veterans about the care they are receiving.  Jacksonville; Clay, Alachua and Seminole counties; and Orlando, I talked to those who have a vested interest in how the VA functions.  I didn’t talk to one person who was upset by their care.

We are in good shape in Florida because of the Oversight of this Committee.

The new clinic in Jacksonville, the wrap-around construction in Gainesville and the new operating rooms in Miami. Hopefully soon, a new hospital in Orlando. We have new cemeteries in Bushnell, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Our Veterans Affairs Committee, headed by Chairman Jeff Miller, other oversight committees in the House and Senate, and the agencies Office of Inspector General are fully capable of providing proper oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Florida VA treats over 546,874 veterans, and provides healthcare that has consistently been rated in the top 10% nationwide for the care of our veterans. 

My message to Governor Scott: I and every Member of Congress are committed to ensuring the proper care of our veterans.

Florida is taking care of its veterans.