Southerland Votes to Reform the VA

Press Release

Date: July 30, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II applauded House approval today of the Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (H.R. 3230), a bicameral agreement aimed at addressing the widespread problems within the Veterans Affairs Department (VA). The legislation allows veterans to seek private-sector health care if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or are unable to get an appointment within 30 days, while also making it easier to fire VA managers who are not doing their job.

"I am pleased that the House has acted aggressively to address the VA's shocking mistreatment of our nation's veterans. This legislation will expand veterans' access to private-sector health care, while allowing for the swift removal of any VA bureaucrat who has failed to care for our veterans. While this is an important step forward, more must be done to ensure our heroes are receiving the quality health care services they deserve."

H.R. 3230 now awaits approval in the Senate before it can be sent to the President's desk and signed into law.