WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) applauded the House passage today of H.R. 4810, the bipartisan Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014, for which she is an original co-sponsor.
“We must continue to put our veterans first, and by making it easier for them to access quality care, we can ensure that all veterans remain a top priority. It is unacceptable to see our American heroes put on a backburner with delayed appointments, and it is unacceptable to expect veterans who live miles and miles from a VA facility to travel every time they need care. I am proud to co-sponsor legislation that will immediately help our veterans, and commend Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller for his continued commitment to our American heroes. While we have much more work to do, this legislation is a step toward bringing much-needed change to a broken VA system.”
The Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 would enable veterans who live over 40 miles from a VA facility to receive non-VA care, and guarantees those veterans who have experienced extensive wait times access to non-VA care. Additionally, this bipartisan legislation suspends bonuses for all VA employees for the next two years.