CONGRESS PASSES VETERANS’ BILLS
VFW angry with 3 senators voting no
June 12, 2014
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is thanking the House and Senate
for the overwhelming passage of two veterans’ bills this week to help fix the
current crisis in care and access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care
facilities. On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4810, the “Veteran
Access to Care Act of 2014,” by a vote of 426-0, and the Senate on Wednesday
passed S. 2450, the “Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability,
and Transparency Act of 2014,” by a vote of 93-3. Both bills now move to a
conferencing committee to iron out the few differences that do exist, but
hopefully not to the point of being a deal breaker, according to VFW
as encouraging as the pending legislation is came three no votes from
Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Jeff Sessions
(Ala.), because they put dollars and cents above the interests of the nation’s
is a cost of going to war that includes taking care of those who come home
wounded, ill and injured, and if these three senators have determined that we
can’t afford to properly care for our veterans, then they should seek
employment elsewhere!” exclaimed VFW National Commander William A. Thien.
is a national crisis that must be fixed, period,” he said. “This is about saving
lives, restoring faith, and honoring a nations’ commitment to her veterans, and
the VFW fully expects every member of Congress to support the final bill,
because I can guarantee you that the price veterans paid in their own blood far
exceeds any price tag some members of Congress want to proclaim is too high.
nationwide crisis in care and access demands quick action, and the VFW wants to
thank House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Ranking Member Mike
Michaud (D-Me.), Senate VA Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.), and the 515 other yes votes the two bills garnered,” said the
VFW national commander, who now asks for a quick resolution on the differences
so that one bill can get passed and to the president for his signature.
the three no votes, Thien said the last thing veterans want to hear is flimsy
excuses that won’t hold water. “When it comes to taking care of America’s
veterans, there is no discussion. Senators Corker, Johnson and Sessions should
know this; veterans have long memories and veterans vote,” he said.
here for more information on the bills.
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