Conference Report on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Actby Representative Scott H. Peters
Posted on 2014-07-30
PETERS of California. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to state my support
for this agreement, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice,
Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, and thank both Chairman
Miller and Ranking Member Michaud for their leadership on bringing this
issue to a resolution.
Last week, I offered a motion to instruct as a way to spur a bipartisan solution and to ensure that vets on the GI Bill could pay lower instate college tuition. I am happy that that provision has been included.
Enacting the measures offered in this plan will go a long way toward improving veterans health care though, as everyone noted, there is much more work to be done. The more than 200,000 veterans who live in San Diego County deserve access to the medical care and benefits America has promised them and they have earned.
It is my hope that our action today will give new hope to the many vets who felt despair and disappointment at the way they have been treated by the VA after all they have sacrificed. Today, we send a bipartisan message to them: America keeps its promises to our veterans.
Mr. MICHAUD. Mr. Speaker, I have no further speakers, and I am ready to close.
Mr. Speaker, I would urge my colleagues to support the conference report to H.R. 3230. This is a very important bill. It is a bill that we have worked long and hard over the last several months. It is one that took into consideration a lot of the concerns that Members from both sides and both bodies had, and we came together with this bill.
I do want to thank Chairman Miller for his hard work and dedication to our veterans and their families. We would not be here today if it wasn't his determination in having strong oversight hearings over the last couple of months within our committee.
I also want to thank staffs on both sides, the majority and minority staff. I know they have put in thousands of hours for oversight hearings to work on this conference report to get us where we are today. We could not have done it without our dedicated staffs on both sides of the aisle going through this document and making sure that every Member's concerns were addressed in this document.
With that, I want to once again thank the chairman for your hard work on this effort and look forward to the vote on this. I encourage all my colleagues to support this bill.
With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.