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Apr 7, 2014 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – President Obama signed into law today bipartisan legislation that will address many of the immediate systemic problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Jan 28, 2014 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee explored veteran recruiting and retention initiatives of the private sector. Wal-Mart, Microsoft Corporation, and JPMorgan Chase were among those testifying at today’s hearing.
Nov 20, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – After approving a bill authorizing major medical facility leases for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing that examined the VA’s major construction program. Multiple internal and external reviews, including committee hearings, have found serious deficiencies in the management of the VA’s construction program, leading to significant cost increases and substantial delays in the design and construction of medical center projects.
Nov 12, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, praised House passage of S. 893, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2013, which provides veterans a projected 1.5 percent COLA beginning in January.
Oct 30, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01), the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, led a hearing today that examined the current state of national veterans’ cemeteries. Titus joined other western members of Congress in raising concerns over a lack of access to national cemeteries, particularly in western states.
Oct 30, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Representative Mike Michaud joined the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on Capitol Hill today to call for a vote on H.R. 813, a bill Michaud and Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced to provide advanced funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Oct 28, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2189) designed to help the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) accomplish its goal of eliminating its claims backlog by 2015. The legislation incorporates provisions from a number of bills that were announced by Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee earlier this year as part of a 10 bill legislative package to address the backlog.
Oct 9, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing that examined the impacts of a federal government shutdown on benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who was the only witness at the hearing, provided testimony detailing the latest impacts of the shutdown on the VA and veterans.
Oct 8, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, reacted to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that over 7,000 Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees will be put into furlough status and that regional VBA offices will be closed. In addition, 2,754 Office of Information Technology employees will also be furloughed due to the exhaustion of FY 2013 carry over funding. Despite these furloughs, claims processing and payments are expected to continue through late October.
Oct 1, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Mike Michaud (ME-02), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, reacted to the federal government shutdown’s impact on veterans and warned his colleagues about the future impacts of sequestration on the administrative expenses of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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