WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Enhancing Veteran Care Act (S. 1266) which now heads to the president’s desk. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract with health care accreditation nonprofits to investigate and report deficiencies at VA medical centers.
“Our nation’s veterans deserve a 21st Century system that provides quality health care when they need it. That is why fixing the problems plaguing the VA must be a top priority. The Enhancing Veteran Care Act will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to contract with qualified non-profits to expedite investigations into substandard care at medical facilities. I would like to commend Rep. Markwayne Mullin for sponsoring the House version of the bill and for his leadership on this in the House. This is an important step in restoring accountability within the VA, and I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law.”
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 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.