McMorris Rodgers: "They're disconnected from their mission"

Communications • June 13, 2017

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led this morning’s House Republican Leadership stakeout to discuss the House’s work to reform the VA so it better serves our veterans, holds those involved in misconduct accountable, and protects whistleblowers. Leadership was joined by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).

Here are the key quotes:

“The way a grateful nation shows its gratitude to those who served is making sure that they get the care when they need it. …The [VA’s] sole mission is to focus on our veterans and get them the care that they need. And yet time and time again this is an agency where unfortunately we see they’re disconnected from their mission.”

“Every day, all of us have veterans that are contacting our offices with concerns, needing help.  When a veteran contacts the VA, we want them to be rolling out the red carpet. Unfortunately, they encounter red tape. Instead of being treated like the heroes that they are, they feel like they’re more of a burden.”

“I’ve long said that the VA has a culture problem. Over the years we have put billions and billions of dollars into the VA, but we haven’t seen the reform.”

“[The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017] is common sense. If you’re involved in misconduct, you should be demoted, suspended, or fired. You certainly shouldn’t be getting a promotion or a pay increase. And if you’re a whistleblower, you should be protected. At the end of the day, this is about the heroes getting the care that they need”