Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller

Rhetoric v. Reality: Investigating the Continued Failures of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office


Chairman Miller Statement on New Revelations Regarding VA OIG Review of Phoenix VA Health Care System


Today, after VA Office of Inspector General officials confirmed that delays in VA medical care did contribute to veteran deaths and the fact that the possibility that delays caused deaths couldn’t be ruled out, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement:

“The confirmation from IG officials today that delays in VA medical care contributed to the deaths of Phoenix-area veterans and IG officials’ admission that they couldn’t rule out the possibility that delays caused deaths changes the entire bottom line of the IG’s Phoenix report. Absent these qualifying statements, the OIG’s previous assertions that it could not ‘conclusively assert’ that delays caused deaths are completely misleading. It’s absolutely inexplicable and outrageous that the IG’s Phoenix report failed to clearly make these distinctions. While I am pleased IG officials finally cleared up these glaring inconsistencies, I regret that they only did so several weeks after the release of the Phoenix report and after hours of intense questioning. Getting the whole story out of inspectors general should not be this difficult.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG’s Final Report


A Review of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP)


House Passes Bills to Improve VA Construction Practices, Authorize COLA for Disabled Vets


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed four veterans related bills:

  • H.R. 3593, as amended, (Introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman) would direct the inclusion of an outside entity – the Army Corps of Engineers – to assist in the management of VA’s major facility construction efforts. 
  • H.R. 5404, as amended, (Introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham) would extend a number of expiring current authorities and critical programs at both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor.
  • H.R. 4276, as amended, (Introduced by Rep. Bill Cassidy) would require VA to provide reports to Congress on the pilot program for assisted living services for veterans with traumatic brain injury.
  • S. 2258, (Introduced by Senator Mark Begich) would authorize a cost-of-living adjustment for disabled veterans receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other compensation for survivors of veterans who have died as a result of their service to our country. 

H.R. 3593, 5404, 4276, now await consideration by the Senate, and S. 2258 will be sent to the president to be signed into law. Following House passage of the bills, Chairman Miller released the below statement:

“Congress has once again found common ground in support of our Nation’s heroes. If signed into law, these four bills would have a lasting impact on the way VA operates and on the lives of many veterans. I am especially proud of passage of the urgently needed VA Construction Assistance Act. It is no secret that VA has a horrible track record in managing major construction projects. VA construction projects are routinely completed years late and millions over budget, while VA construction officials escape accountability at every turn. Congressman Coffman’s legislation will add a crucial level of oversight for VA in completing major construction projects, helping ensure both veterans and taxpayers are better served. I thank my Senate colleagues for their work on S. 2258, and I urge them to quickly pass H.R. 3593, H.R. 5404, and H.R. 4276.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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HVAC Unveils Official Portrait of Former Committee Chairman Steve Buyer


WASHINGTON Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unveiled the official portrait of former Chairman Steve Buyer (IN). Buyer served as HVAC chairman from 2005-2007 and later served as the committee’s ranking member until his retirement from Congress in 2011.

As Chairman, Buyer championed many initiatives ranging from enhancing opportunities for veteran owned small businesses to modernizing the Veterans Health Administration and centralizing VA’s information technology infrastructure.  

Following the portrait unveiling, former Chairman Buyer said, “It was a distinct privilege to lead a professional team that always sought to serve the ideals, values, and principles of our Nation."

“Steve Buyer is a friend, a mentor and a fantastic advocate for our nation’s heroes. His service to this nation while in uniform, in Congress and as committee chairman serves as a shining example of exemplary public service. This portrait is a well-deserved honor that is symbolic of Steve’s lifelong commitment to serving his fellow veterans,” said HVAC Chairman Jeff Miller.

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Markup of H.R. 5404; H.R. 3593; H.R. 4276; H.R. 4399; H.R. 4862; H.R. 4971; and H.R. 5094


Metrics, Measurements and Mismanagement in the BVA


An Examination of Rural and Native American Veteran Access to Care


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


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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Gus Bilirakis


Mike Coffman


Paul Cook


Jeff Denham


Bill Flores


Tim Huelskamp


Doug Lamborn


Jeff Miller


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Jon Runyan


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