Walorski Statement on VA MISSION Act
President Signs Veterans Health Care Overhaul Into Law
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act into law to streamline community care programs and extend Veterans Choice Program funding:
“America’s veterans risked their lives to defend freedom and keep us safe. This bipartisan law is a major step toward fulfilling our nation’s promise to those who served. I look forward to continuing to work to fix the VA and restore a culture of accountability so all our veterans get the timely, quality care they earned.”
The House passed the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act, also known as the VA MISSION Act, on May 16 by a bipartisan vote of 347 to 70. The Senate followed suit on May 23, sending the bill to the president’s desk.
The new law streamlines the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community care programs into one cohesive program and provides funding to extend the Veterans Choice Program until the new program is implemented. It also creates a nonpartisan process for reviewing and modernizing VA’s medical infrastructure, expands caregiver benefits, and improves provider recruitment, training, and retention.
Congresswoman Walorski recently testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, calling for greater accountability across the VA to improve care for veterans.
“Hiring, firing, and mobility throughout VA are stagnant, and human resources are overdue for a complete makeover,” Walorski said. “The VA Accountability Act is a major accomplishment, but accountability also has to be a principle that the workforce, especially the middle management, actually embraces. The VA needs a culture of accountability to our veterans.”
Video of Walorski testifying before the committee is available here.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.