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  • Roe Statement on President Signing VA Accountability Bill into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law: “In the three years since committee oversight revealed that veterans at VA were dying while waiting for care, we have heard far too many instances of employees who don’t live up to the standards expected of those who serve America’s veterans but cannot be fired for wrongdoing. That stops today. “This la... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Supports the VETERAN Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) spoke on the House floor in support of the VETERAN Act. Remarks As Prepared for Delivery Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2372, the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now - or, VETERAN - Act, which I am proud to sponsor along with Congressman Sam Johnson from Texas and a number of our colleagues. The VETERAN Act would codify an existing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation allowing a veteran who is eligible for but not enrolle... Read more

  • Accountability Legislation Heads to President's Desk
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation will now head to the president’s desk. Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and representatives from Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) released the following statements: “I’ve said time and time again that the vast majority of VA’s employees are hard-working public servants who are dedicated to providing qua... Read more

  • Dunn, Panetta Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veterans' Preference in Awarding Contracts
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Jimmy Paneta (D-Calif.), introduced bipartisan legislation to close a loophole currently denying veterans the opportunities the Supreme Court ruled they are entitled to in the Kingdomware decision. The members released the following statements: "The VA should be actively and aggressively looking for opportunities to serve our veterans. This legislation will hold the VA accountable for seeking o... Read more

  • Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a hearing to promote wellness and healing for veterans experiencing PTSD. Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery During the Civil War, it was called “soldier’s heart.” During World War I, it was called “shell shock.” During World War II, it was called, “battle fatigue.” Today, we know it as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and last fiscal year alone almost six hundred thousand veterans sought c... Read more

  • Roe, Walz Statement on House Consideration of Accountability Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) released the statement below following Majority Leader McCarthy’s announcement the House would consider the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 next week: “In order to bring wholesale reform to VA, we must give Secretary Shulkin the tools to fire or discipline employees who don’t live up to the standards expected of those serving our nation’s heroes. We thank Senators... Read more

  • Roe, Walz Commend Senate on Passage of Accountability Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, released the following statements after the Senate passed legislation to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “With the Senate’s passage of this legislation, we are one step closer to creating a true culture of accountability at VA while protecting the whistleblowers who are essential to identifying and addressing problem... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Electronic Health Records Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after Secretary Shulkin announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would join the Department of Defense in implementing Cerner as its electronic health records system: “I am encouraged by the announcement the department will finally move toward a 21st Century health records system. As chairman, my top priorities will be to ensure a seamless transition for veterans to ensure there are no delays in care, and to provid... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Statement on State of VA
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement following Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin's press briefing on the State of the VA: “In today’s State of the VA address, Secretary Shulkin reaffirmed his and President Trump’s commitment to putting America’s veterans first and our shared priority of building a better VA. The House has already passed several pieces of legislation to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes, including legislation t... Read more

  • Bergman, Kuster Introduce Legislation Protecting Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on May 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Investigations

    This past week, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-Conn.) introduced the Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017 to protect Service Disabled Veteran Owned and Veteran Owned Small Businesses. “An important step in making sure our veterans get the treatment they’ve earned from VA is targeting and weeding out fraud in the VA system,” said Bergman. “That’s why the Protecting Business Opportunities for Vet... Read more

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