January 12, 2017 By admin
Roe Announces Committee Leadership
Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) announced the leadership for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the 115th Congress.
Roe released the following statement:
“These incoming subcommittee chairmen have impressive backgrounds in public service, and many of them have served in the military. They’ve each been tireless advocates for veterans, and I’m confident they will keep fighting to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes as chairmen of their respective subcommittees. I am also glad Rep. Bilirakis will continue serving as vice chairman. I look forward to working with Rep. Bilirakis and the subcommittee chairmen to pass meaningful legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and continue the committee’s diligent oversight.”
115th Congress Leadership:
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL): Vice Chairman
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL): Chairman, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX): Chairman, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH): Chairman, Subcommittee on Health
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI): Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
January 11, 2017 By admin
Chairman Roe Statement on VA Secretary Nomination
Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President-elect Trump nominated Dr. David J. Shulkin to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
“I am pleased President-elect Trump has chosen a physician to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, especially one familiar with the integrating of private practitioners into the VA’s network of health care providers. I’ve long said I would be happy to work with anyone committed to ensuring our heroes have access to the services they have earned, especially quality health care, and I look forward to working with Dr. Shulkin to bring wholesale reform to the Department.”
Dr. Shulkin currently serves as the Under Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served in that post since 2015.
January 11, 2017 By admin
Chairman Roe Announces Committee Members
Today, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after seven new Republican members were chosen to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs:
“I’m excited to welcome this group of lawmakers to the committee. From military service to health care expertise, these members will bring their own valuable experiences to the committee, and will keep us moving in the right direction to build a better VA. I’m especially proud that more than half of the committee’s Republican members are veterans themselves. I look forward to working with them as we continue our efforts to increase veterans’ access to quality health care, honor our nation’s heroes and ensure veterans and their families can utilize the services they have earned.”
Republican Members for the 115th Congress
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL)
Mike Coffman (R-CO)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa)
Mike Bost (R-IL)
Jodey Arrington (R-TX)
Jim Banks (R-IN)
Jack Bergman (R-MI)
Neal Dunn (R-FL)
Clay Higgins (R-LA)
John Rutherford (R-FL)
This list is not in order of seniority
January 9, 2017 By admin
Roe Statement on Election of Walz as Ranking Member
Today, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after Rep. Tim Walz was elected Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs:
“I’m thrilled to hear that my good friend and fellow veteran Rep. Tim Walz has been elected Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Rep. Walz has been a tireless advocate for veterans, and I know he will continue that fight as Ranking Member. I look forward to working alongside Rep. Walz as we strive on both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes. I’d also like to thank Rep. Mark Takano for his leadership on the committee.”
Walz retired from the Army National Guard as Command Sergeant Major. Walz is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress.
January 3, 2017 By admin
Roe Statement on House Passage of Bills to Bring Accountability to the VA
Today, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after two bills – the Biological Implant Tracking and Veterans Safety Act and the Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act – to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) passed the House with broad, bipartisan support:
“The very first bills passed by the House in the 115th Congress are bipartisan bills to bring much-needed accountability to the VA, and that is not a coincidence. These important pieces of legislation are just two of many steps House Republicans are taking to reform the VA.
“These commonsense reforms will help ensure veterans receive the quality health care they deserve while also holding VA employees who fail in their duty to care for veterans accountable. As I’ve said time and time again, I know the vast majority of VA employees get up and go to work every day with the sole intention of serving our veterans. It’s unfair to these hardworking men and women that the Department continually refuses to hold bad actors accountable. As Chairman, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate, as well as President-elect Trump and the Trump administration, to fundamentally change the way the VA does business.”
The Biological Implant Tracking and Veterans Safety Act directs the VA secretary to adopt the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) unique device identification system (UDI) for labeling of all biological implants and to implement an automated inventory system to ensure veterans do not receive expired or otherwise contaminated tissue. In January 2014, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the VA does not use a standardized process for tracking biological tissue from cadaver donor to living veteran recipient. In the event of a recall, it would often be impossible to track down which patient received contaminated tissue. The same GAO report detailed the Veterans Health Administration’s failure to consistently ensure they are purchasing tissue from biological implant vendors that have registered with the FDA.
The Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act, introduced by Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), would require all reprimands and admonishments given to VA employees to remain in their file as long as they are employed by the Department. Under current policy, an admonishment and reprimand can only stay on an employee’s record for two and three years, respectively.