Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller

An Examination of Rural and Native American Veteran Access to Care

2014/08/27


Miller Statement on VA OIG Review of Phoenix VA Health Care System

2014/08/26

WASHINGTON 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 officials sought to downplay it by selectively leaking portions of the department’s response to the review prior to its release. The VA scandal was caused by bureaucrats who chose to whitewash or conceal the department’s problems. The fact that some department officials are still engaging in similar practices underscores the dire need for real accountability throughout the organization. So far, despite repeated requests from our committee, we have seen no evidence that the corrupt bureaucrats who created the VA scandal will be purged from the department’s payroll anytime soon. Until that happens, VA will never be fixed.” –  Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Miller Statement on President Obama’s Speech to American Legion National Convention

2014/08/26

WASHINGTON 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 failures in accountability, but the president didn’t bother to respond. Instead, I received a boilerplate letter from then-Sec. Eric Shinseki that assured me everything was OK at the department – an assertion that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Additionally, White House claims that VA is improving when it comes to accountability, transparency and protecting whistleblowers don’t add up, especially when no one has been fired as a result of the VA scandal, the department is still sitting on 113 outstanding information requests from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and VA whistleblowers who tried to expose problems are still enduring retaliation. What we need from the president right now is more follow-through and less flash when it comes to helping veterans. A good place for him to start would be to meet with family members and veterans who have been struck by the VA scandal, order the department to cooperate with the congressional committees investigating VA, and force DoD and VA to work together to establish a joint electronic health record integrated across all DoD and VA components.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Chairman Miller letter to President Obama

May, 21, 2013

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Challenges in Rural America: Infrastructure Needs and Access to Care

2014/08/14


Miller Statement on VA Reform Bill Becoming Law

2014/08/07

WASHINGTON 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 previously scheduled oversight trips, including a visit to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, with fellow House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs member Rep. Beto O’Rourke. But I sincerely hope the president views this event as more than just a photo-op or speaking engagement. Instead, it should serve as a wakeup call. VA’s problems festered because administration officials ignored or denied the department’s challenges at every turn. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, President Obama must become personally involved in solving VA’s many problems. A good place for him to start would be to meet with family members and veterans who have been struck by the VA scandal, order the department to cooperate with the congressional committees investigating VA and force DoD and VA to work together to establish a joint electronic health record integrated across all DoD and VA components.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Chairman Miller letter to President Obama

May, 21, 2013

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Challenges in Rural America: VA Access and Mental Health Care

2014/08/06


Miller Statement on Senate Passage of VA Reform Bill

2014/07/31

WASHINGTON 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 Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Miller Statement on House Passage of VA Reform Bill

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON 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 off of waiting lists and helps provide them with the medical care they have earned. Second, it empowers the VA secretary to hold failing executives accountable. Finally, it starts a larger conversation about how we can reform the department so it will better serve veterans for years to come. This is an honest solution to an urgent problem. One that is focused on making government more accountable and providing veterans with real choice in their health care decisions. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to send this bill to the president’s desk in short order so we can start fixing what is now a broken bureaucracy.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Markup of Pending Legislation - POSTPONED -

2014/07/30


Miller Statement on Senate Confirmation of Bob McDonald as VA Secretary

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON 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 department’s culture of complacency with a climate of accountability. I look forward to working with him to achieve these objectives.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Membership

Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Tim Huelskamp

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

Jon Runyan

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT