Walorski: We Are Fighting for Veterans
House Considering Seven Veterans Bills, Including Walorski’s VA Scheduling Accountability Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today participated in the weekly House Republican press conference to highlight several bills on the House floor to ensure veterans get the benefits and care they earned.
The House today will consider H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, legislation Walorski authored to require VA facilities to certify annual compliance with all scheduling rules. Facility directors who fail to certify compliance would be ineligible for bonuses the following year. The vote follows a VA investigation that confirmed allegations of improper schedule manipulation at the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Peru, Ind.
Congresswoman Walorski was joined at the press conference by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa.), and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)
Video of Walorski’s remarks is available here. The full text is below.
“I’d like to add my thoughts and condolences to the victims in the U.K. as well, and I’m grateful to pass on our thoughts and prayers. My husband and I heard the news last night as well.
“We’re committed to fighting the forces of evil and do believe that good will prevail.
“This week, we’re looking at – in the days ensuing and the weekend ahead – at Memorial Day, how important it is. So we’re looking this week at seven bills on strengthening veteran benefits in this country.
“We’re looking also at mine today, which is the VA Scheduling Accountability Act. This is a commonsense bill that just literally asks the VA to follow the rules of scheduling.
“We had a horrific issue in my district again, confirmed by a VA investigation, that even though it’s been two and three years since the original Phoenix catastrophe was laid open to this country on people that are actually cooking the books on scheduling. Literally moving schedules electronically, moving people in and out, to basically not see veterans at their most vulnerable point of need.
“And what my bill does is puts an end to the manipulation, basically takes bonuses away, gives the power to the VA again to incentivize good behavior and to come and literally crack down once and for all on bad behavior and cooking the books.
“And once again focusing on what every American wants, which is to take care of our veterans that were the first to respond and are often the ones here that need the most help when it comes to fighting for the benefits that they fought for.”
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.