Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after the passage of the Conference Report for the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act – legislation to address the serious problems impacting veterans’ health care at VA facilities across the country.
“The disturbing reports of misconduct at VA facilities in Albuquerque and across the country are deeply disappointing and strike at the very heart of our commitment to our veterans. This legislation takes important steps that can help rebuild the trust of America’s veterans by providing key funding to reduce the VA backlog, hire new medical personnel at VA hospitals and clinics, and allow the VA to lease new medical facilities.
“This legislation will not fix all of the problems plaguing the VA and I would have preferred a bill that includes more funding for our veterans, but it addresses many of the failures that left veterans without timely access to health care, and it is the beginning of what must be an ongoing process to make systematic reforms that honor the sacrifice of the men and women who honorably served our country. It is critical that the Senate also passes this legislation before leaving for the August district work period so we can get it to the President’s desk and signed into law.”