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  • Roe Statement on Passage of Veterans' Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on August 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    In a pro forma session this morning, the House passed legislation to modernize the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). H.R. 2288, as amended, along with legislation passed by the Senate earlier this month to improve the GI Bill and provide funding for the Choice Program, now await President Trump’s signature. Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement: “When it comes to putting our nation’s heroes first, there can be no doubt that Congress has been... Read more

  • House Passes Four Veterans Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) released the following statement after the House passed four bills to expand access to quality care and instill further accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) : “This has been quite a week. We began on Monday by passing the Forever GI Bill and seven other bills to improve the lives of America’s veterans, and now we close with another four veterans’ bills, including a bipartisan, bicameral agreement ... Read more

  • Roe, Walz Statement on Choice Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) released the following statement on their bipartisan agreement to extend Choice funding for six months, authorize 28 major medical facility leases and enhance the recruitment, retention and training of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) workforce: “Once again, our committee has shown we are committed to working through our differences to get things done for our nation’s heroes. When our Veterans Service Organizati... Read more

  • ICYMI: House Unanimously Approved Seven Additional Veterans Bills on Monday
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House unanimously approved seven additional veterans bills Monday evening: “As Chairman and a physician, one of my highest priorities will always be working to ensure veterans receive the timely and quality health care they have earned. The bills the House passed this week demonstrate Congress’ commitment to investing in VA health care by improving VA’s ability to hire and retain quality medical professionals and... Read more

  • Leader McCarthy and Chairman Roe Op-Ed: A GI Bill for the 21st Century
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    A GI Bill for the 21st Century By Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Chairman Phil Roe App developer, robotics technician, digital animator, and advanced manufacturer—what do all of these careers have in common? They didn’t exist 73 years ago when the GI bill was signed into law. When our fighting forces shipped out to the Pacific and to the battlefields of Europe nearly a quarter Americans were farmers. Today, that number is around .01%. Our economy has undergone radical transformations. With ... Read more

  • House Passes #ForeverGIBill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House passed a bill to extend and improve the GI Bill: “Today is a great day for our nation’s heroes. I’m especially proud of the bipartisan work we’ve done to pass legislation to expand the education benefits veterans earn through the GI Bill and, for the first time in history, allow them to utilize these benefits throughout their entire lives. “Time and time again, the members of the House have come together ac... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Choice Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after House Democrats brought down a suspension to provide funding for the Choice program for six months: “Secretary Shulkin has said before the committee that Choice running out of money would be a disaster for America’s veterans, and that without this funding wait times would go up. Already this week, the House is slated to consider a bill to increase appropriations for the department by 5 percent, leaving Choice as the ... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Statement on Senator John McCain
    Posted in Press Releases on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on Senator John McCain: “I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Senator McCain during my time in Congress, but especially in the last six months as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as I’ve witnessed time and time again his commitment to veterans. Senator McCain is one of the greatest warriors our country has ever known, and I have no doubt he’ll fight cancer with the same bravery and strength he exud... Read more

  • Veterans’ Affairs Committee Passes #ForeverGIBill, 10 Other Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed 11 bills out of committee, including the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017: “Today, our committee continued its bipartisan work by favorably sending 11 bills to the full House for consideration. These bills will improve VA’s ability to hire and retain quality medical professionals, address issues with VA’s procurement process and expand vetera... Read more

  • What They’re Saying About the #ForeverGIBill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Last night, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a legislative hearing on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz's legislation to improve and extend GI Bill benefits granted to veterans, their surviving spouses and dependents. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 would remove time restrictions to use the GI Bill, enabling future eligible recipients to us... Read more

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