As a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am honored and privileged to represent over 50,000 veterans in Indiana’s Second District. For every Hoosier veteran, and every veteran in this country, I am grateful for their selfless response to the call to serve our country. As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, I understand the sacrifices veterans and their families make. This is why sitting on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee is so important to me.
While in Congress I have worked with my colleagues on a number of initiatives to provide veterans with better access to the services and benefits they have earned. I am proud to have cosponsored the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013, H.R. 569, which provides a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to VA beneficiaries at the same rate as the Social Security COLA for 2014. I am also proud to have cosponsored the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013, H.R. 357, which requires that as a condition of approval for GI Bill education benefits, any public institution in a state must give all veterans in-state tuition rates.
In addition to cosponsoring legislation, I have also drafted a number of letters addressing significant issues affecting veterans. I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs asking how the medical device tax will impact the VA and what plans the VA has in the future for ensuring veterans will continue to receive quality medical devices. I also joined my colleagues on a number of occasions in sending a letter to the President and Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs asking for greater collaboration between the agencies and a commitment to ending the backlog.
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Congress members were briefed on Wednesday on 900 VA facility audits from across the country.See the audit at the bottom of this story.
Have you ever hear the phrase “it’ll take an act of Congress”? Whenever someone utters that phrase it usually mean that something is nearly impossible to accomplish. That’s because Democrats and Republicans rarely find issues where they agree. People’s biggest gripe about Congress is the lack of compromise on and Congress’ inability to get things done. On Wednesday however, both sides of the aisle found common ground on one issue that has sent members on a sprint to get legislation passed before the planned August recess at the end of the week.
All nine Hoosiers in the U.S. House voted Wednesday in favor of legislation to upgrade the federal health care system for military veterans.
The House-Senate compromise bill reshaping the Department of Veterans Affairs passed by a 420-5 vote. All no votes were cast by Republicans.
The bill, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama, would pay for veterans to receive health care from non-VA providers if they have to wait more than 30 days for VA care or drive more than 40 miles to the nearest VA clinic.
Washington D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today visited an honor flight that included members of northern Indiana World War II veterans.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee and member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, made the following statement after H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, passed the House by a vote of 420-5:
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.
Washington D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, tonight 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 bill now heads to both the full House and Senate for further consideration.
A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
An agreement announced by the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees is intended to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Veterans Affairs Conferee, made the following statement today after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the co-chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee announced they had reached a deal on legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):