BY U.S REPRESENTATIVE TOM COTTON –
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on passage of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014:
“The problems at the VA are unconscionable. For years, politicians like President Obama have made the VA a political talking point, but taken little action to change it. Today, that begins to change with the passage of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. This legislation implements a number of needed reforms to the VA, including allowing veterans to choose private-sector health care if they were forced to wait more than 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility. And it allows for the immediate firing of any employee who fails to uphold the VA’s mission to support our veterans.
“This bill is an important first step toward reforming the VA, but it cannot be our only step. We must remain vigilant and work to ensure this agency is worthy of the sacrifice and dedication of our veterans. Rest assured, I will continue to fight to protect our veterans.”