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  • House Passes Bills to Improve VA Construction Practices, Authorize COLA for Disabled Vets
    Posted in Press Releases on September 16, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed four veterans related bills: H.R. 3593, as amended, (Introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman) would direct the inclusion of an outside entity – the Army Corps of Engineers – to assist in the management of VA’s major facility construction efforts. H.R. 5404, as amended, (Introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham) would extend a number of expiring current authorities and critical programs at both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor. H.R. 4276... Read more

  • HVAC Unveils Official Portrait of Former Committee Chairman Steve Buyer
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unveiled the official portrait of former Chairman Steve Buyer (IN). Buyer served as HVAC chairman from 2005-2007 and later served as the committee’s ranking member until his retirement from Congress in 2011. As Chairman, Buyer championed many initiatives ranging from enhancing opportunities for veteran owned small businesses to modernizing the Veterans Health Administration and centralizing VA’s information technology infrastructure. Following the... Read more

  • Miller Statement on VA OIG Review of Phoenix VA Health Care System
    Posted in Press Releases on August 26, 2014 | Preview rr

    Following the release of the VA Inspector General’s review of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement. “The inspector general’s report paints a very disturbing picture. Delays in care that VA officials tried to hide caused harm to veterans. Even though the IG says it can’t conclusively assert that deaths were caused by VA negligence, the report does link 20 deaths to substandard care. Almost as troubling as the report itself is the fact that VA offic... Read more

  • Miller Statement on President Obama’s Speech to American Legion National Convention
    Posted in Press Releases on August 26, 2014 | Preview rr

    After President Obama’s speech to the American Legion National convention, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement. “President Obama’s actions today fall far short of what’s needed to regain the trust of America’s veterans. VA’s problems festered because administration officials ignored or denied the department’s challenges at every turn. In fact, I wrote to the president more than a year ago about a string of serious VA health care problems, lapses in employee integrity and failu... Read more

  • Miller Statement on VA Reform Bill Becoming Law
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2014 | Preview rr

    Before President Obama signed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 into law, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “I am pleased President Obama has finally recognized what we have been telling administration officials for years: that VA’s widespread and systemic lack of accountability is jeopardizing the health of veterans and contributing to all of the department’s most pressing problems. I am unable to attend today’s signing ceremony due to a pair of pr... Read more

  • Miller Statement on Senate Passage of VA Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr

    After Senate passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “Senator Sanders and his colleagues deserve credit for taking action to address VA’s delays in care and accountability crises. We are now just one signature away from making government more accountable and providing veterans with real choice in their health care decisions. I am confident the president will do the right thing and sign this bill into law.” – Rep. Jeff Mille... Read more

  • Miller Statement on House Passage of VA Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2014 | Preview rr

    After passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis caused by corruption, mismanagement and a lack of accountability across the board. VA is in need of reform, and I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing legislation to do just that. The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 does three important things. First, it gets veterans ... Read more

  • Miller Statement on Senate Confirmation of Bob McDonald as VA Secretary
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Bob McDonald as VA secretary: “In the wake of the biggest scandal in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald certainly has his work cut out for him. In order to be successful, McDonald will need to take swift and decisive action to discipline employees responsible for mismanagement, negligence and corruption that harms veterans while taking bold steps to replace the departme... Read more

  • Miller Statement on VA Conference Committee Negotiations
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement regarding the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee negotiations. “In the wake of the biggest scandal in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, I am committed to working in a bipartisan manner with the Senate to send the president a VA reform package that will increase accountability at the department and provide veterans facing unacceptable waits for VA medical care the option to receive private-sector t... Read more

  • Miller Statement on VA Request for More Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2014 | Preview rr

    After Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs that VA needs approximately $17.6 billion in additional funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014 through Fiscal Year 2017, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “I am committed to giving VA the resources it needs to provide our veterans with the care and benefits they have earned. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that we can... Read more

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