ICYMI: Walorski, VA Conference Committee Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Veterans Affairs Legislation

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington D.C. – Last night, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, signed bipartisan legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and overhaul the mismanagement that jeopardized the health of veterans across the country. The agreement was announced yesterday by Co-Chairmen Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee.

Here’s a sample of the coverage Walorski’s reaction received across the country:

  • “This demonstrates that regardless of politics or party, we can unite to pass meaningful reforms that will improve the quality of life for our nation’s veterans.” The Associated Press
  • “Today is one more step in the right direction towards helping our vets get the best care they deserve.” WSBT, South Bend
  • Gannett Washington correspondent Maureen Groppe reported yesterday that “employees at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Indianapolis told agency investigators that it’s common practice to manipulate veterans’ desired appointment dates…”
    • “I’ve sat here for 18 months with a lot of my fellow freshmen on this committee and I still have for you today the original questions I asked when these hearings began, because we’ve never got an answer from the VA,” Walorski said. “All I wanted to know was what is the status of my state? What’s happening with the clinics in my state?”

Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, signs the bipartisan agreement reached by the conferees Monday. L to R: Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41).

In order to conclude its business, a majority of both House and Senate delegations to the conference must indicate their approval by signing the conference report. If both the House and Senate pass the measure, it will head to the president’s desk for his signature into law.

Last week, Walorski urged her fellow conferees to continue their bipartisan cooperation in passing a bill to reform the VA.

Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA.

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