Whip McCarthy Statement on Getting Veterans Access to Care

Jun 10, 2014

Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of the Veterans Access to Care Act (H.R. 4810):

“I’ve said before that I feared that the scope of mismanagement and mistreatment of our veterans would go beyond the atrocious findings of the preliminary report released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) just a few weeks ago. Yesterday’s release of an internal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) audit of VA medical centers has confirmed this fear – nearly 100,000 veterans are on long-term waiting lists, including 57,436 who have waited 90 days and have still yet to see a doctor. It’s shameful.

“Today, once again, the House has acted to ensure our veterans get the patient-centered options they need and deserve as we work to fix the failed, overly bureaucratic VA hospital system. The Veterans Access to Care Act passed the House with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 426-0. Now, the President and Senate Democrats must join with us in reforming the entire system so that this never happens again.

“I thank Representative Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, for his leadership on this bill. The Department of Veterans Affairs desperately needs better management, more accountability, an end to waste, and a safety valve for veterans to obtain the care they need in a timely manner. We owe it to our veterans to implement these reforms.”