Statement: Walorski Urges Continued Bipartisan Cooperation in VA Conference Committee

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after meeting with fellow conferees on the conference committee this afternoon:

“Today I want to reiterate the sense of urgency this conference committee needs to have. Millions of America’s veterans depend on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for care and support, members of this bicameral and bipartisan committee must work together to find a solution.

“I’ve said the same thing over and over again – this issue isn’t partisan and it’s not political – it’s American. In order to solve these problems, we must work together and change the culture of the VA and say that today is a different day. We are standing together and help our vets.

“I urge my colleagues, regardless of party of politics to work together and pass a bill. We are all here because we care, and we owe it to our veterans to provide them with nothing but the best.”

Last week, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and requested additional funding for the VA, complicating talks on the VA Conference Committee.

Earlier today, Walorski attended a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing where she asked Secretary Gibson when she can expect a status update on VA facilities in Indiana.

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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