Therefore, unless the conflict is resolved, it is a distinct possibility that VA may be sequestered. What does that mean for VA? It may mean fewer doctors and nurses at VA medical centers across the country. It may mean fewer lifesaving medical supplies and older medical equipment. It means that the people who VA is meant to serve – our veterans – bear the consequences of inaction.
VA’s legal team reached a conclusion on this months ago, which they have not been allowed to share, while lawyers with GAO (Government Accountability Office) and CRS (Congressional Research Service) have provided informal opinions to me in a matter of days. I have to ask then, what is the motive of the administration in withholding a decision? Why let our veterans twist in the wind?
Because the president has not acted, I had no alternative but to introduce the Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012 (H.R. 3895). The bill is all of a page and a half in length and will rectify this issue once and for all. I am pleased that my bill was immediately endorsed by The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
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