The VA Inspector General’s office is currently investigating allegations of falsified records and manipulation of scheduling data that may have put veterans’ lives at risk
In a letter, the delegation requested a meeting with Secretary McDonald to discuss the findings of that investigation once it’s completed to help ensure steps are taken to correct problems and punish any wrongdoing
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, John Kline, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen, and Rick Nolan requested a meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss recent reports of falsified records at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The VA Inspector General’s office is currently investigating allegations of falsified records and manipulation of scheduling data that may have put veterans’ lives at risk. In a letter, the delegation requested a meeting with Secretary McDonald to discuss the findings of that investigation once it’s completed to help ensure steps are taken to correct problems and punish any wrongdoing.
“We are deeply troubled by serious allegations of falsified records and manipulation of scheduling data at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System,” the delegation wrote. “These allegations are currently under investigation by the VA Inspector General and the Department of Justice. We request that you meet with us at the conclusion of this important investigation to discuss its findings and the steps you are taking to ensure any wrongdoing is appropriately punished and that Minnesota veterans are receiving the highest quality care without undue delays.”
The full text of the delegation’s letter is below:
Dear Secretary McDonald:
We are deeply troubled by serious allegations of falsified records and manipulation of scheduling data at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System. According to media reports, these inappropriate practices have caused delays in care that put lives at risk and in at least one case may have contributed to the death of a young Marine veteran. In addition, VA employees who raised concerns may have been retaliated against by their superiors.
These allegations are currently under investigation by the VA Inspector General and the Department of Justice. We have urged them to proceed as quickly and thoroughly as possible so that any mismanagement or mistreatment of veterans is identified and eliminated and anyone responsible can be held to account.
We request that you meet with us at the conclusion of this important investigation to discuss its findings and the steps you are taking to ensure any wrongdoing is appropriately punished and that Minnesota veterans are receiving the highest quality care without undue delays. Since your confirmation, we have greatly appreciated your commitment to increasing transparency and accountability within the Department. We believe that the opportunity to discuss our concerns about the VA in Minnesota with you is essential to the process of restoring the trust of our state’s veterans and their families in the VA health care system.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) recognized Mark and Julie Martindale of Elk River, Minnesota as the 2014 Angels in Adoption from Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. Mark and Julie Martindale began parenting with their two biological children, Tyler and McKenna, but when McKenna was born with a serious and life threatening birth defect that led to other complications, they soon knew that there would be room in their family for another child with special needs. The couple originally intended to adopt one or two foster children, but after thirteen-month-old Evan died from his complications in 2006, the family couldn’t imagine a child fighting for their lives without a forever family by their side. They have now adopted nine children with disabilities, some of which are severe. Their home is bustling with the activities of normal family life plus the added challenges that go along with the disabilities, but they still manage to find time to volunteer and work as educational advocates for children with special needs. “It was an honor to meet Mark and Julie,” said Bachmann. “The beauty of the Martindale family story can be summed up by their family motto: ‘Where there is God, there is love. Where there is love, there is room for one more.’ Caring for special needs youth is no easy task, and the Martindales handle it with grace and faith. Their children are better for having been provided a forever family, and the Sixth District is better for having this family as an example of love.”A mother to five biological children and foster mother to 23 children, Bachmann is the co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. Angels in Adoption is a program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute that allows Members of Congress to honor constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans.For more photos from Bachmann's visit with the Martindales, click here.
Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement today after voting against arming the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels:
"For more than three years the President has remained indecisive on whether or not to arm and support the shrinking ranks of ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels who are rapidly aligning with the Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra.
"His failure to convince the American people, coupled with turning a blind eye to this ongoing conflict, has once again left the United States without any good options.
"Many of the so-called ‘moderate’ rebels have already joined the cause of Islamic jihad, and President Obama has failed to coherently outline how he would prevent American weapons from getting into the hands of our enemies.
"President Obama has the right conclusion – defeating the Islamic State – but a flawed strategy filled with half-measures to reach it.
"The Islamic State declared war against the United States, and President Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to follow him in a Vietnam-style slow walked response. I will not.
"Either the United States chooses to decisively defeat this brutal evil with all available resources, or we will have to answer the next generation's questions regarding why we failed to defeat the totalitarian evil of our day."
On September 16, I returned to Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" to talk about my recent trip to Haitian orphanages, make my daughter-in-law's Mighty Gal Frittata Muffin recipe (posted here), play with kittens, and more. It was so wonderful to return and spend more time with Mark Steines, Cristina Ferrare and the rest of the crew at Hallmark. For more recipes, crafts, and behind the scenes pictures, follow me on Pinterest and Instagram.Adoption/Haiti Discussion: Making Mighty Gal Muffins: Read More
Washington, D.C. -- Last night, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) sat down with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren about her newly introduced legislation, the Terrorist Denaturalization and Passport Revocation Act, which will amend existing laws and include involvement in terrorist groups like ISIS as grounds for denaturalization and passport revocation.
Some Highlights:"This isn't new to us. We've studied this for well over two years. We saw this go up tempo, and I'm from Minnesota which has unfortunately had terrorist connections, particularly to ISIS. The first two Americans that were killed [while fighting] with the Islamic State were from Minnesota."
"We're very concerned. Americans have a right to feel safe in their own homes. At least 50 [Americans] have gone to fight for al-Shabaab. We now have at least 20 that have gone to fight with ISIS."
"I can't tell you what the President's reasoning is, but I do know that all of this information was available to the White House on a daily basis. They knew what we knew and probably even more."
"...when I asked the FBI for a briefing, they told me yes, there are Minnesotans that are in Syria fighting for the Islamic State. I asked them...if these individuals want to come back to the United States--they have U.S. passports--would they be allowed to do so. I was blown away when the FBI told me they could come back into the United States...as many of them have."
Bachmann is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, will introduce legislation today regarding American citizens who fight against the United States with terrorist groups like ISIS, al Qaeda, and al-Shabaab.
The Terrorist Denaturalization and Passport Revocation Act amends existing law to include membership or association with a foreign terrorist organization as a renunciation of U.S. citizenship and grounds for denaturalization. Additionally, the bill gives the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security additional tools to revoke passports of terrorists before or after they travel abroad to better track their movements and prevent attacks on our homeland.
“Those who have joined a foreign terrorist organization have taken up arms against the United States and our very way of life. By turning against their country, their passports should be revoked and if they’re naturalized citizens, they should lose their citizenship. As elected officials, protecting our nation and keeping the American people safe is our highest duty. In light of the growing threat of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Shabaab, I urge House and Senate leaders to fast track this legislation and for the President to sign it,” said Bachmann.
Anoka, Minn. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) announced today that her staff would be available for Mobile Office Hours in Waite Park, MN on Wednesday, August 27.
Constituents are invited to come and speak with staff from Bachmann’s office for casework assistance on issues including Veteran’s Affairs, Medicare, Social Security, IRS and concerns regarding specific federal legislation. Those interested in attending should call Bachmann’s Anoka office at 763-323-8922 to schedule an appointment.
"It is an honor to represent the people of the Sixth District in Congress, and I encourage them to stop by my mobile office in Waite Park to learn more about my office's first-class constituent services. These mobile office hours will allow Central Minnesotans full access to my office so we can best serve their casework needs with a federal agency," said Bachmann.
Staff from Bachmann’s office will continue to hold St. Cloud area office hours through Mobile Office Hours at various times throughout the year. Watch for details at Bachmann.house.gov for future hours.
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Location: Market Place Building, 110 2nd St S, 2nd Floor, Waite Park.
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Please call the Anoka Office: 763-323-8922 for an appointment.
Anoka, Minn. -- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) announced today that her office will host three free events for constituents: a program, “Unraveling Medicare”, on Thursday, September 4 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud, and two forums on Human Trafficking. The first forum is on Tuesday, September 23 at 11:30am at the Stearns County History Center in St. Cloud, and the second is on Wednesday, September 24 at 11:30am at Rasmussen College in Blaine.“Unraveling Medicare” As health care, energy, and living costs rise in America, those on fixed-incomes are being squeezed and they need to know that the future is secure. Constituents are encouraged to come and use this seminar as a resource and a chance to ask any Medicare questions they may have.Date: Thursday, September 4Location: Great River Regional Library, 1300 W St Germain St, St Cloud, MNTime: 10:30am – 12:00pmRSVP: RSVPs are not required, but space is limited. Please call 763-323-8922 with any questions.Human Trafficking Forum: St. Cloud The program will include a federal official from Homeland Security and Minnesota officials, and is for families, local leaders, and others who are interested in learning more about the impact human trafficking has on Minnesota, how to spot the warning signs, and what they can do to keep their communities and families safe.Date: Tuesday, September 23Location: Stearns County History Center, 235 South 33rd Avenue, St. Cloud, MNTime: Begins at 11:30amRSVP: Please email Mn06event@mail.house.gov or call 763-323-8922. RSVPs are requested so as to provide sufficient materials and space.
Human Trafficking Forum: BlaineDate: Wednesday, September 24Location: Rasmussen College, 3629 95th Ave NE, Blaine, MNTime: Begins at 11:30amRSVP: Please email Mn06event@mail.house.gov or call 763-323-8922. RSVPs are requested so as to provide sufficient materials and space.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Michele Bachmann released the following statement tonight:
"The meltdown of the phones this week got the attention of Congress. The border bill today is completely different than the bill yesterday. Now we have a real border security bill that addresses the current crisis and the root cause of the surge of illegal immigration due to people believing President Obama would provide them amnesty.
"Today, by freezing DACA, the House voted to prevent the Obama administration’s actions to circumvent the law. The House also voted to provide support to law enforcement officials tasked with responding to the border crisis, including combating transnational gangs and cartels who are engaging in human and drug trafficking and profiting from our open border policies.
"When President Obama issued a dare to Congress that he could once again bypass the legislative process and unilaterally issue deferred action and work permits to 5 million illegal foreign nationals, the House had no option but to act.
"The House answered the President and said ‘no you won’t,’ by standing up for the rule of law and prohibiting him from issuing millions of work permits and deferred action to those who entered our country illegally. This is the best action we could take to restrain a lawless President.
"I urge Harry Reid and the Senate to return to Washington, D.C. and finish the work the House started to solve the border crisis."
By: Michele Bachmann
This past weekend I did what President Obama refused to do during his recent trip to Texas—I visited the U.S-Mexico border.
I knew that the border crisis was serious, but nothing could have prepared me for just how bad this situation truly is.
The results of the Obama administration’s lawlessness when it comes to enforcing existing immigration laws were magnified in the Rio Grande Valley, where Congressman Steve King and I visited a number of facilities and met with local, state, and federal officials.
What we saw was people processing, not border security.
Americans would be shocked to learn that virtually no one is stopped before gaining entrance. When a foreign national illegally enters the United States, they are taken to a processing facility, where it is determined whether or not they get to stay in the country.
While the popular media narrative has been to focus on the children who came here alone, it is only a small fraction of the growing problem along the southern border.
My heart breaks for the unaccompanied children, but officials told us that 80 percent of the people entering the country illegally are not women and children—they are males over the age of 14.
It is this latter group that is the source of much of the incoming violence, particularly with their increasing involvement in drug cartels and transnational gangs such as MS-13. These organizations profit from exploiting innocent people desperate for a better life into paying thousands of dollars to be transported into the United States.
MS-13 is a brutal international gang with more than 50,000 members—with thousands of members throughout the United States. This ugly and dangerous business has fueled violence on both sides of the border.
By failing to secure our border, the United States government has enabled and empowered a criminal enterprise made of drug cartels and human traffickers that spans our continent.
Enforcement of our border is so lax that I even witnessed coyotes smuggling an illegal alien in broad daylight near the banks of the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas.
The problem rests not with Border Patrol, but with the politicians and administration officials that crafted these policies. Border Patrol and the local law enforcement officials we met with are dedicated individuals who put their lives on the line, but their hands are tied. In fact, the majority of the local officials we met with said that this crisis is the consequence of open border policies.
Solving the problem will require the political will to secure our border.
First, Congress must put an end to the President’s policy of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which he unilateral instituted in 2012. DACA is the root cause of why a surge of illegal immigrants are coming into the country expecting amnesty from President Obama. Since his June 15, 2012 memo, the amount of unaccompanied children apprehensions from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have increased from 15,000 in 2011 to nearly 60,000 in FY 2014.
Second, we must complete the fence along America’s southern border to prevent illegal entry onto United States soil. In 2006, Congress passed a bill that authorized and completely funded 700 miles of fence. Eight years later, it remains unfinished and people are simply walking across the border. If there were a fence in Roma, Texas, the illegal crossing I witnessed would not have been possible.
Third, we need to speed up the deportation process and put an end to prosecutorial discretion policies. While legal immigration and refugee petitions remain enormously onerous, our current system benefits illegal immigration. The current policy of reunification instead of orderly and humane deportation only furthers the border crisis.
Finally, agreements on foreign aid to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras should be reexamined or frozen entirely until these countries cooperate with the United States and do their part in preventing the flow of illegal immigrants through their country and into ours. Remittance payments to these countries should also be taxed at a rate high enough to command the attention of their governments.
The United States is proudly a nation of immigrants that welcomes with open arms more legal immigrants than the entire world combined. But they must come through the legal channels. It’s time that we start sending a message that the rule of law matters and illegal behavior will not be rewarded.Read More
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In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a self-proclaimed “Constitutional Conservative,” Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending and supports limiting the size of our government. She also is devoted to the repeal of Obamacare, a legislation she believes is an example of government’s recent uninhibited growth. In Bachmann’s view, the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.
Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bachmann has been given keen insight into the current housing crisis and credit crunch. This insight has led her to be a staunch opponent of the taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the Dodd-Frank legislation.
As the federal government continues to grow under the current administration, Bachmann was honored to establish the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She is proud to stand with the Tea Party to call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and smaller government.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Through her experience as a tax attorney, Bachmann came to understand firsthand the need to simplify the current tax code and reduce taxes on families and small businesses. Yet, it was her role as a mother of five and foster mother of 23 that led her to call for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and the Profiles of Learning and start a charter school for at-risk kids in Minnesota.
Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.
She is proud to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, which contains parts of seven counties, stretching from Scandia to Saint Cloud and Waconia to Waite Park.
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@MicheleBachmann it was our pleasure and honor to offer an appropriate expression of gratitude, Congresswoman.
I'll be on the O'Reilly Factor tonight to discuss President Obama's mishandling of the intelligence about ISIS and his failure to take responsibility.
Thanks to my friend Scott Johnson for the kind words and to the MN RJC for honoring me.
Had a great time fishing with my daughter Caroline this weekend. For behind-the-scenes video, follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/michelebachmann
Thank you to everyone who joined me at Caribou Coffee on Monday!
There I was enjoying a meeting with the 6th District Angels in Adoption family, when all of a sudden a lightsaber duel broke out.