“I applaud my colleagues for stepping up today to address the
troubling lack of accountability eroding VA’s ability to care for our
veterans. The VA Accountability Act will provide the Secretary of the
Department of Veterans Affairs the ability to make real reforms and
bring much needed accountability to the department. Today, we stand with
our veterans because the status quo has failed them and the American
people for far too long.
“Just over two weeks ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs
announced that because of its inability to budget, VA hospitals around
the country would be shutting down in August. Today, the House passed
the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement
Act of 2015 to ensure that does not happen. The bill is designed to
rescue a mismanaged VA, providing the resources to keep the doors open,
expanding access and choice to veterans and setting the stage to
consolidate VA’s uncoordinated and wasteful non-VA care programs into
the Veterans Choice Program.
“I urge the Senate to take up both these measures immediately. We
cannot allow VA’s incompetence to continue to harm America’s veterans.
And I sincerely ask President Obama to sign both in to law – to take the
money without the accountability will only lead to continued failure.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs