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  • Miller Bill Would Give VA Secretary Complete Authority to Recoup Employee Bonuses
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today Chairman Jeff Miller introduced H.R. 5094, legislation that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary the authority to recoup performance bonuses paid to VA employees. The legislation comes in the wake of findings that the department paid more than $380,000 in cash bonuses to top executives at 38 hospitals that are under investigation for falsifying wait times for medical care or where there have been long delays. The legislation is intended to eliminate confusion among VA o... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on Nomination of Robert McDonald for VA Secretary
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2014 | Preview rr

    After the White House announced plans to nominate Robert McDonald for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald will inherit a Department of Veterans Affairs under a specter of corruption that may very well surpass anything in the history of American government. In order to pave the way for serious and substantive reforms that will help VA to effectively deliver the care and benefits our v... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on OSC Letter to President Obama
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    After the Office of Special Counsel released a letter to President Obama detailing VA’s repeated attempts to downplay the impact serious deficiencies in VA health care have had on patients, Chairman Miller released the following statement: "In reality, the deaths of dozens of veterans across the country have been linked to delays in VA care and other severe department health care problems. But in the fantasy land inhabited by VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector, serious patient safety issues a... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on Senate Veterans Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2014 | Preview rr

    After Senate passage of the Sanders-McCain veterans bill, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “I’m pleased the Senate has acted to address VA’s accountability and delays in care crises. Many of the provisions included in today’s Senate-passed bill are based on ideas that have already cleared the House, so I’m hopeful that both chambers of Congress can soon agree on a final package to send to the president’s desk.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Aff... Read more

  • House Passes Miller Bill to Help Veterans Receive Timely Access to Medical Care
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    After House passage of H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “The news about VA’s delays in care crisis just keeps getting worse. The recent deaths of at least 23 veterans have been linked to delayed VA medical care. Another 35 veterans have died while awaiting care in the Phoenix area alone, 57,000 veteran patients have been waiting at least 90 days for their first VA medical appointment, and an additional 64,000 veterans appear to h... Read more

  • Miller Introduces Emergency Legislation to Help Veterans Receive Timely Access to Medical Care
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, Chairman Jeff Miller introduced H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act, emergency legislation aimed at helping veterans receive timely access to medical care. After introducing the bill, Chairman Miller released the following statement: “The news about VA’s delays in care crisis just keeps getting worse. The recent deaths of at least 23 veterans have been linked to delayed VA medical care. Another 35 veterans have died while awaiting care in the Phoenix area alone, 57,000 veteran pat... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement Regarding VA’s Systemwide Internal Audit of Scheduling Practices
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    After the release of VA’s internal audit of scheduling practices at VHA facilities nationwide, Chairman Jeff Miller issued the following statement: “Today's report is more disturbing proof that corruption is ingrained in many parts of the VA health care system. The only way to rid the department of this widespread dishonesty and duplicity is to pull it out by the roots. That's why it's incumbent upon the Senate to do what the House of Representatives has already done: vote to give the VA secret... Read more

  • Miller Demands VA Comply with HVAC-Issued Subpoena, Threatens Additional Legal Action
    Posted in Press Releases on June 3, 2014 | Preview rr

    After writing Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson regarding VA’s repeated failure to comply fully with an HVAC-issued subpoena, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement. “Today’s VA is a case study in how to stonewall the press, the public and Congress. And as we found out last week, often times officials from across the department have routinely sought to hide information about some of VA’s most pressing problems from the department’s own senior leaders. I am hoping Acting VA Secreta... Read more

  • Miller Statement Regarding Sec. Shinseki’s Resignation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 30, 2014 | Preview rr

    Following the announcement of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement. "Everybody knows Eric Shinseki is an honorable man whose dedication to our country is beyond reproach. I thank him for his legacy of service to our nation. Unfortunately, Shinseki's tenure at the Department of Veterans Affairs will forever be tainted by a pervasive lack of accountability among poorly performing VA employees and managers, apparent widespread corruption a... Read more

  • Miller Statement Regarding Interim IG Report on Patient Wait Times
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2014 | Preview rr

    Following the release of the VA Inspector General’s interim report on VHA patient wait times, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “Today the inspector general confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt what was becoming more obvious by the day: wait time schemes and data manipulation are systemic throughout VA and are putting veterans at risk in Phoenix and across the country. Right now, there are two things that need to happen. Attorney General Eric Holder should launch a criminal... Read more

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