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Action Taken: Johnson Votes to put Veterans Before Bureaucracy

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Washington, July 30, 2014 | Dan Schneider (202-225-5705) | comments
"A culture of complacency has saturated VA clinics throughout the country because of a complete lack of accountability at the top."
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 – bipartisan legislation formed by a  joint effort of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to provide greater access and better care to America’s heroes, our veterans:

“Over the past few months, the VA has proven itself to be an ineffective and uncaring bureaucracy in desperate need of a complete overhaul.  A culture of complacency has saturated VA clinics throughout the country because of a complete lack of accountability at the top.  This legislation would take an important step forward in creating a culture at the VA that closely aligns with the agency’s mission statement ‘to serve and honor the men and women who are America’s veterans.’  This legislation will improve the access to quality health care that our veterans have honorably earned,” Bill Johnson said.

“This legislation allows any veteran who fails to receive an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days, or resides further than 40 miles from a VA medical facility, to seek care at a non-VA facility.  To address the failure of leadership at the VA, this bill provides the accountability that’s been lacking by authorizing the VA to fire or demote employees.  Finally, the legislation provides veterans greater access to care by authorizing the VA to hire more doctors, and lease new medical facilities.  I’m thankful for both Chairman Miller & Chairman Sanders’ work, and I urge President Obama to immediately approve this important legislation.”

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