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Topic - Jeff Miller
House and Senate negotiators announced a $17 billion deal Monday to begin fixing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs health care system
The House and Senate's top negotiators reached a tentative deal on legislation to fix the Veterans Affairs Department health care system and are expected to announce the details Monday afternoon.
Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, introduced Thursday a GOP plan to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, but said he's not sure where negotiations stand now that both sides have proposals on the table.
Lawmakers questioned Thursday morning how the Department of Veterans Affairs could ask for more than $17 billion in emergency funding, but only provide a handful of pages to describe how the money would be spent.
Capitol Hill negotiations on a Veterans Affairs reform bill teetered on the verge of collapse Thursday, as acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson warned that the troubles at the scandal-plagued agency will only get worse without more federal funding.
During a congressional hearing into alleged intimidation of whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it was revealed that members of the Philadelphia regional office tried to record committee investigators with microphones and cameras earlier in the month.
After two deployments with the Marine Corps left him depressed, anxious and unable to hold a job, Sgt. Clay Hunt appealed his 30 percent disability rating with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA approved his appeal 18 months later, but it was too late. He died five weeks earlier of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Lawmakers commended the VA on Monday for taking some actions to improve waiting times, but criticized the department for its lack of transparency about its new initiatives and wondered why it took so long to make seemingly-obvious fixes.
Congress wants the VA to speed up veterans' care by using private doctors and clinics, but department officials told lawmakers Wednesday their wait lists data is so bad they couldn't even be sure who has been waiting long enough to be eligible.
A top Department of Veterans Affairs executive received tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses even after an internal investigation found she lied about having a master's degree, according to a senior member of Congress who has asked the department to justify the bonus.
United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.
The House unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday to let veterans get care outside Veterans Affairs facilities and avoid long wait times.
Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, said Monday that the recent Senate plan to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs is something the House has been supporting for months.
Top VA officials told Congress on Wednesday that they initially thought the secret lists at the Phoenix VA hospital were part of an initiative to reschedule cancelled appointments, not a way to manipulate waiting times.
"Don't tax them, regulate them and litigate them out of business," Mr. Miller warns.
"We'll out-work, out-create anybody," Mr. Miller says, but only when the government gets out of the way and stops its endless, intrusive and debilitating social experiments.