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Larson on Passage of VA Reform

July 30, 2014
Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014, H.R. 3230:

“Our veterans fought to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy today. These brave women and men deserve more than lip service when it comes to their government providing the benefits and health care they earned. While I would have preferred a stronger version of the measure as proposed in the Senate, I am pleased Members came together on a compromise today that addresses unacceptable wait times for care and includes care card provisions I have long supported and previously introduced in the House to provide avenues for veterans to obtain services from non-VA providers.

“In Connecticut, I applaud the work of my Veteran’s Advisory Council. Their efforts have provided my office with vital information and needed direction on addressing this crisis since it first unfolded. I look forward to speaking with them on this legislation and continuing our work to ensure those who have defended their nation receive the services they deserve.

“I also commend Representative Miller and Senator Sanders for doing what all of Congress could be doing – working across the aisle to do what’s right for our veterans and the American people. Congress should work together through August and stay in session until we address a number of other issues, including our transportation infrastructure, comprehensive immigration reform, pay equity, affordability of higher education, unemployment benefits and more impacting the American people.”