House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today after President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act into law.
“For the nearly 70,000 veterans I represent in Eastern Washington, I’m grateful the VA MISSION Act is now law. This is a critical step to move the VA closer to a 21st century health care system that rolls out the red carpet for our veterans. By consolidating the VA’s multiple community care programs and temporarily extending the Choice Program, the VA Mission Act will help ensure our veterans get the care they have earned when they need it. It will also create a non-partisan process for reviewing the VA’s assets and infrastructure to make sure the VA isn’t squandering resources on unused or unnecessary facilities, and instead targets resources on improving care.
“Our nation’s heroes must be able to trust that the Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to its sole mission ‘to care for those who have borne the battle.’ This law will certainly help rebuild the trust that’s been broken by a bureaucratic system that has failed our veterans, but there’s more work that must be done. We need a permanent Veterans Affairs Secretary, and I’m urging the Senate to move swiftly to confirm President Trump’s nominee, Robert Wilkie. I’m glad this Administration has made it a priority to provide greater accountability, better management, and improved patient care at the VA. We need to have the right people in place so that this work can continue.”
NOTE: Chair McMorris Rodgers represents Fairchild Air Force Base in Eastern Washington, which is the largest tanker refueling base in the country. She’s a leader on reforming the VA, which she believes has lost its mission to put our veterans first. In her remarks at the 2018 CPAC, Chair McMorris Rodgers offered her thoughts on the importance of restoring trust in government, especially at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Ahead of CPAC, Chair McMorris Rodgers penned an op-ed on National Review Online, “There’s a Trust Crisis in Government. It Must Be Fixed”, on this same topic. And in a Washington Post op-ed, the Chair outlined her vision for a 21st Century VA.
The Chair, whose husband is a retired Navy veteran, is a strong advocate for military families. She and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) co-founded the Military Family Caucus to bring together Members of Congress, Administration officials, and service members and their families to draw attention to the needs of military families and advocate for legislative ideas on their behalf. Each year, Chair McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Bishop host the Military Family Summit to hear from service members and their families.