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  • House Kicks off Veterans Day Week with Bipartisan Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Chairman Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed five veterans bills: “There’s no better way to kick off the week leading up to Veterans Day than to advocate for our nation’s heroes through our work on the House floor. Tonight, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle came together to pass five pieces of legislation that will honor and protect the women who have served our country honorably. These bills will protect veterans from financial f... Read more

  • Committee Introduces Bill to Review VA’s Assets
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    On Friday, members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, led by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), introduced two bills to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The first bill would streamline VA’s community care accounts into one veteran-centric program that replaces the Choice Program, removing the current 30-day, 40-mile requirement to give veterans more timely access to community care. This bipartisan legislation has been cosponsored by every member of the committee, and you... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Care for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, led by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline VA’s community care accounts into one veteran-centric program that replaces the Choice Program, removing the current 30-day, 40-mile requirement to give veterans more timely access to community care. Committee members released the following statements: “For the last ten months, I’ve sat down countless times with vet... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Introduce EHR Oversight Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Investigations

    Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.), along with Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee Chairman Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH), introduced legislation to strengthen Congress’ oversight of VA’s implementation of its new electronic health records system. “As chairman and a physician, I know firsthand the value an effective electronic health records system plays in providin... Read more

  • HVAC Moves Eight Bills Out of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed eight bills out of committee: “As we approach Veterans Day, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is reaffirming its commitment to put veterans first. The eight bills passed out of committee this morning will help us take better care of America’s heroes by ensuring veterans in crisis have access to effective resources, expanding care for veterans in need of an organ ... Read more

  • Roe: This effort is in no way, shape, or form intended to create a pipeline to privatize the VA healthcare system
    Posted in Press Releases on October 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a legislative hearing on nine bills, including legislation related to VA's community care programs. The Committee will come to order. Welcome and thank you all for joining us for today’s Full Committee legislative hearing. Today, we will be discussing several pieces of important legislation including: - draft legislation that I have been working on to establish a permanent, improved Department of Vete... Read more

  • ICYMI: Roe, McMorris Rodgers, Poliquin Introduce Legislation to Stop VA From Shielding Dangerous Doctors
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    On Thursday, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) introduced the Ethical Patient Care for Veterans Act of 2017. This legislation requires Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical professionals to report directly to state licensing boards if they witness unacceptable or unethical behavior from other medical professionals at the VA. The legislation is i... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Makes the Case for VA Asset Review
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a legislative hearing on two bills to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to sell Pershing Hall in Paris, France, and to direct the department to take a comprehensive look at its assets and infrastructure and devise a plan to move forward in investing in a stronger VA. Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery The Committee will come to order. Welcome and thank you all for joining us for ... Read more

  • Veterans’ Affairs Committee Passes Six Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed six bills out of committee: “The six pieces of legislation passed today out of this committee demonstrate the commitment on both sides of the aisle to take care of our nation’s heroes when they return home. These bills will assist veterans in fulfilling the American dream of purchasing a home, provide in-home adaptations to care for servicemembers with disabilities and ... Read more

  • House Passes Legislation to Extend VA Authorities
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brian Mast (R-Mich.) released the following statements after the House passed legislation introduced by Rep. Mast this morning to extend a number of expiring authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “The heroic men and women that I fought alongside in our Armed Forces have earned the very best care our country has to offer, but without this immediate action from Congress, veterans could have lost access to benefits, health care, su... Read more

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