Pelosi Names House Democratic VA Reform Bill Conferees

Jun 18, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today named House Democratic Members to serve on a conference committee to complete legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and help ensure our veterans have access to the timely health care they need.

“Our nation owes a solemn commitment to those who have served and sacrificed in our name: that just as the military leaves no one behind on the battlefield, we must leave no veteran behind when they come home,” said Leader Pelosi.  “Our conferees bring fierce determination and decades of experience to veterans’ issues.  Ranking Member Michaud and our House Democratic conferees have long been steadfast champions of our nation’s veterans – and as the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress, Congressman Tim Walz has a deep personal commitment to confronting the challenges facing our veterans.  Along with their Democratic colleagues on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, these Members work tirelessly to serve our veterans as well as they have served us.”

“While House Republicans have refused to allow a vote on the reforms of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act introduced by Congresswoman Kirkpatrick, Democrats will push for the House to embrace the companion legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last week.  Our veterans deserve better than talking point solutions to their problems,” Leader Pelosi continued.  “Democrats will continue to push for meaningful reforms to increase accountability at the VA and ensure that all veterans have access to the health care they have earned.”

The following Democratic Members from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will serve on the VA reform bill conference:

Ranking Member Mike Michaud of Maine

Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida

Congressman Mark Takano of California

Congresswoman Julia Brownley of California

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona

Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota

 

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