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  • Stakeholders Lose Confidence in VA Fee-Basis Care
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, the Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled, “VA Fee Basis Care: Examining Solutions to a Flawed System.” The hearing was in response to findings that the current fee-basis system is having an adverse effect on those it was originally intended to help. Over the past three years, the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released seven separate reports revealing a multitude of problems facing the program, including serious concerns regarding oversight, as well as millions of dol... Read more

  • Miller: Easy Decision on VA Sequester, Long Overdue
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the Administration’s exemption of all VA accounts from sequestration in 2013: “For more than a year, the Administration has played politics with America’s veterans and the pending threat of sequester, leading them down one road, then another. Finally today, we have clarity on this issue. As I have said since last August, veterans funding should not be subject to sequestration,... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Congratulates U.S. Veteran Paralympians
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement congratulating the veterans of the Paralympics team who represented the United States at the 2012 London Games: “I could not be more proud of the veterans who represented the United States at the London Paralympics. These men and women, who once wore our nation’s uniform, donned a new uniform this summer. Tonight, our veterans return home to the heroes welcome they deserve. “The VA-U.S.... Read more

  • Miller: Time for a Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on the pending sequester of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “This Committee has repeatedly stated for more than a year that the Administration has been negligent in providing a clear answer to America’s veterans and their families regarding whether any part of VA may be subject to sequestration this January. It is time for the Administration to make a decision. “In June, the Of... Read more

  • House Expands Education Resources and Restricts VA Executive Bonuses
    Posted in Press Releases on September 11, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the House of Representatives reaffirmed its promises to America’s veterans by overwhelmingly passing bipartisan legislation to improve benefits and services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A major component of this bill, H.R. 4057, as amended, requires VA to implement a comprehensive policy that aids veterans in making informed decisions about their choices in pursuit of higher education. H.R. 4057 also provid... Read more

  • Lack of Leadership Leads to More Promises: Veterans Need Action and Results
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on President Obama’s Executive Order, Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families: “For the past two years, this Committee and Congress have been pushing the Obama Administration to take the very actions the President has only now outlined in this Executive Order. The funding has been there, the will of Congress has been there, what has ... Read more

  • New VA Conference Expenditures Released
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs released the following breakdown of taxpayer expenditures to host a VA HR conference in Orlando, Florida, last year: $1.2 million: Participant Travel $786, 505.00: Program Funds $296,165.00: “Audio Visual Center” $184,800.00: Morning and Evening Refreshments $113,076.00: Staff Travel $98,189.70: Catering (4 days) $90,747.00: Coffee Break Refreshments $52,000.00: “Patton-style” Video $46,147.50: Labor for 35 Breakout Rooms $40,158.54: Miscellaneous... Read more

  • Committee Releases VA Conference Inquiry and “Patton-Style” Videos
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, along with Rep. Bob Filner, Ranking Member of the Committee, released a letter sent August 16, 2012, to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, regarding VA conferences expenditures and the VA OIG conference investigation. To view the letter, please click here. The Committee also obtained the “Patton-style” videos, produced for the two VA conferences last year at an approximat... Read more

  • More Promises, Slow Progress in Orlando
    Posted in Press Releases on August 13, 2012 | Preview rr

    Differences over timelines and planning continue to plague the construction of the new Orlando VA Medical Center. At a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs field hearing today in Orlando, Florida, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the prime contractor, Brasfield and Gorrie, both promised to continue efforts to reach consensus on how best to move forward to complete the new facility, which would offer VA medical care to veterans of Central Florida. “My single interest is the expeditiou... Read more

  • VA Hosts Multiple Multi-Million Dollar Conferences
    Posted in Press Releases on August 13, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on the preliminary findings of a Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General investigation: “A week ago today, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1627, one provision of which instructs VA to report to Congress any conferences that cost more than $20,000. “Yet, it has come to the attention of the Committee that investigations are underway regarding VA’s authorization... Read more

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