March 16, 2020

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Statement on Hearing Postponement to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

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Miguel R. Salazar  

Jenni Geurink (202-225-9756)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) made the following statement to announce the postponement of all previously scheduled Committee hearings between March 23rd to April 3rd, 2020 to mitigate spread of COVID-19:

“Due to the public health risk posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the House of Representatives voting schedule, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will postpone all hearings currently scheduled between March 23rd and April 3rd. Congress has a responsibility to ensure we deliver the best care and services to our veterans - especially during a national emergency. This schedule change will help ensure the safety of our witnesses, Veteran Service Organizations and stakeholders, VA staff, and congressional staff.

“This temporary postponement will not keep us from the important work we are doing to ensure VA continues to prepare and respond to cases of coronavirus-- any hearing scheduled during this time will focus on oversight of VA’s COVID-19 response. All other hearings will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to do so in person or with increased capacity for virtual hearings so we can continue our mission to serve veterans.”