Veterans Affairs

Committee on Veterans Affairs

Phil Roe

Full Committee Legislative Hearing

2019/06/20

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Pending Legislation. Including: H.R. 2943; H.R. 2942; H.R. 2676; H.R. 2677; H.R. 712; H.R. 1647; H.R. 3083; H.R. 485; Discussion Draft, Specially Adaptive Housing, and Discussion Draft, Work Study Read More

DAMA Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

2019/06/20

  On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, "Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veterans Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma."  Read More

Health Subcommittee Hearing: Mission Readiness: VA’s Emergency Response and Cache Program

2019/06/19

  On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled, "Mission Readiness: VA’s Emergency Response and Cache Program.”  Read More

(Rescheduled) EO Subcommittee Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

2019/06/19

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Economic Opportunity Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing entitled, "Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans"  Read More

Senate Unanimously Passes the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

2019/06/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Chairman Mark Takano released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299.  “Tonight, we can finally tell the tens of thousands of veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War but wrongly denied benefits that justice is finally coming. By passing the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, Congress has proven to the nation, to our veterans and their families, and the surviving loved ones of those we lost to toxic exposure, that we have righted a terrible injustice. I want to say thank you to the Veteran Service Organizations and the countless veterans across the country who have been with us throughout this fight. Thank you for never losing hope that this country would deliver on the promise it made to our veterans. Now we call on President Trump to sign HR 299 and finally finish this fight-- these veterans have waited long enough.” Background: The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 will extend benefits to servicemembers that served in the territorial waters off the coast of Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange. This was the first bill Chairman Takano introduced this Congress after a similar bill was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives last Congress but stalled in the Senate. This legislation will ensure tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans finally get the benefits they’ve earned and deserve. ###     Read More

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Hearing: Implementation of Electronic Health Record Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)

2019/06/12

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled, " Implementation of Electronic Health Record Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)." Watch the meeting here Meeting documents can be found here Read More

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining VA’s Police Force

2019/06/11

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Examining VA’s Police Force.”  Watch the meeting here Meeting documents can be found here Read More

Chairman Takano Statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

2019/06/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano issued the following statement in recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. See a video of Chairman Takano’s floor speech here and his remarks as prepared below: [[{"fid":"57","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 260px; width: 500px;","class":"media-element file-full","data-delta":"1"}}]] Madam Speaker, I rise today in gratitude for the bravery and sacrifices made by American and Allied Armed Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This week marks the 75th anniversary of that “Longest Day”-  a moment in history when servicemembers from across the globe stormed the shores of Normandy, France to defend liberty and fight against the tyranny of Nazi Germany. As we pause to honor and express our gratitude to the tens of thousands of American soldiers, sailors and airmen who bore the battle that day and for many days after until victory was achieved, we are reminded again that the cost of freedom can be very high.   As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, it is my duty to ensure the promises made to veterans and their survivors are kept. A veterans’ sacrifice never expires-- their service to this country does not end on the battlefield, and it doesn’t end when they come back home. It lives on, even long after they’re gone.  In the same way, our duty to care for our veterans does not end either. The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is committed to honoring their legacies by improving mental health services, providing accountability for the fair and timely delivery of benefits, and ensuring we honor the memories of those who are gone. Today, I ask everyone to reflect on the sacrifice made by the “Greatest Generation” in Europe 75 years ago and join me in thanking those of this generation who have stepped up and are ready to continue in this tradition if called upon today. ### Read More

Chairman Takano, Senator Tester Demand Secret Waitlists from VA

2019/06/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester sent a letter yesterday to VA following a whistleblower claim alleging VA has secret waitlists for veterans seeking health care, as reported by the Washington Post. In their letter, Chairman Takano and Senator Tester expressed their shared concern about the allegations and demanded that VA provide a more thorough explanation regarding the two sets of waitlists by the end of the week. The full text of the letter can be found below: The Honorable Robert Wilkie Secretary Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20420   Dear Mr. Secretary: We are writing with serious concerns regarding veterans’ access to timely health care. As you know, in 2014, media reports based on whistleblowers’ allegations revealed major problems with the amount of time veterans had to wait for health care appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These revelations of very lengthy wait times were eventually substantiated. Further, it was shown that some VA hospitals misrepresented the facts and consistently skewed data to hide the problem. Congress examined the situation, leading to legislation to address delays in health care.  While some veterans still face major obstacles in accessing timely care, VA as a whole has appeared to be making progress. It was, therefore, surprising to see reports of new and serious allegations in the media this morning concerning hidden wait times for veterans. The Washington Post described how a whistleblower inside VA has reports showing two sets of differing wait time numbers.[1] According to the article, figures from these reports “indicate the actual number of veterans waiting for VA healthcare could be much higher than the numbers VA makes publicly available.” The differences appear quite large with a monthly wait time average in the internal VA report roughly three times as large as that shown in VA data made public. VA did not dispute the existence of two sets of differing reports detailing the wait time numbers. Instead, VA’s spokesperson assigned the discrepancy to the use of administrative versus clinical numbers. However, this response is, at best, confusing. We, therefore, ask VA to provide – by the end of this week – a more thorough explanation for the existence of two sets of reports on wait time for veterans’ health care. In fulfilling this request, VA should provide the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs with the reports described by the article and the appropriate VA officials should make themselves available for a briefing to the Committees. Sincerely,   Mark Takano                                                                                      Jon Tester Chairman                                                                                            Ranking Member House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs                                             Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs   ###   Read More

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Hearing: Modernizing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans: The Contractor Perspective

2019/06/04

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled, " Modernizing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans: The Contractor Perspective."    Watch the meeting here   Panel 1   Travis Dalton President Cerner Government Services   Accompanied by:   David Waltman Vice President Strategy and Technology Cerner   Julie Stoner Director and Client Accountable Executive Cerner   Richard Crowe Executive Vice President Booz Allen Hamilton   Jon Scholl President Leidos Health Group Read More

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3527
Fax 202-225-5486
veterans.house.gov


Membership

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Jim Banks

INDIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Jack Bergman

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

FLORIDA's 12th DISTRICT

Mike Bost

ILLINOIS' 12th DISTRICT

Neal Dunn

FLORIDA's 2nd DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Clay Higgins

LOUISIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Brian Mast

FLORIDA's 18th DISTRICT

Amata Radewagen

AMERICAN SAMOA

Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT