Conference Report on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Actby Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
Posted on 2014-07-30
KIRKPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, I urge all my colleagues to support
As a member of the conference committee, I pushed for negotiations on this bill to continue because veterans have waited too long for the care they deserve.
This bill reflects the comprehensive, meaningful reforms that passed the Senate and that I introduced as the companion bill in the House. This bill ensures that rural veterans who live too far from a veterans' medical facility and veterans who have waited too long for an appointment can see a provider closer to home.
For the tribal veterans in my district, this bill strengthens the relationship between the Veterans Administration and the Indian Health Services.
This bill also ensures that the Veterans Administration can quickly hire more doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, and this bill gives the Veterans Administration Secretary the authority to hold VA employees accountable.
Our veterans deserve world-class health care and a VA that puts veterans first. I believe this bill provides the foundation to do just that. Again, I urge all my colleagues to vote for this bill so it can be signed into law without delay.