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  • Roe: This isn’t a package that comes along every day
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, 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. Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery Good evening everyone. Thank you all for being here tonight at this nighttime hearing. As you all know, I try to limit th... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Introduce Legislation to Expand, Extend GI Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) introduced the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, named for the principal architect of the original GI Bill, to improve and extend GI Bill benefits granted to veterans, their surviving spouses and dependents. Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz, along with Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), made the following statements in support... Read more

  • Chairman Roe Calls for Top-To-Bottom Review of VHA Capital Assets
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a hearing to assess VA's capital asset needs. Below are Chairman Roe's opening remarks from the hearing: Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery Welcome and thank you all for joining us for today’s hearing entitled, “Care Where It Counts: Assessing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) Capital Asset Needs.” Though this morning’s hearing is ostensibly about VA’s management of its extensive capita... Read more

  • Bergman, Kuster, Poliquin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Streamline VA Workforce Acquisition
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH), along with Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine), introduced bipartisan legislation to streamline VA’s processes for workforce acquisition. “I’m proud to join Rep. Poliquin and Ranking Member Kuster in supporting this legislation that takes critical steps to improve the methods by which the VA trains, recruits, and retains top professional talent in acquisition career fields,” said... Read more

  • 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

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