New revelations that Veterans Affairs Department employees at more than 100 sites manipulated patient data shows that Congress has yet to learn the true depths of fraudulent behavior at the department, a senior House lawmaker said Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, I believe we have not hit the bottom yet,” said to House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)
Lawmakers have been able to “control the bleeding, but the patient is still on the table,” added Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), who served as an Army doctor in Iraq and is a member of Miller’s panel.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.
The Senate unanimously confirmed Bob McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, even as some lawmakers sounded as if they were sending the former Procter & Gamble chief on an impossible mission.
During Tuesday's debate, lawmakers called the VA a "mess" and said McDonald would need every ounce of his military training and his corporate savvy to tackle the agency's widespread problems and manage its 300,000-plus employees.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 97-0 to confirm Bob McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to serve as the next secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department.
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble chief Robert McDonald to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs as the agency’s next secretary.
Tuesday’s vote represented a rare example of swift, bipartisan action by the Senate to address pressing problems. Obama nominated McDonald on June 30, and the Senate Veterans Affairs gave him a warm reception during his confirmation hearing last week.
Obama on Tuesday applauded the Senate’s “overwhelming, bipartisan confirmation” of McDonald to lead the VA.
Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health-care system for veterans.
The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency funding to make it easier for veterans to get outside treatment, $5 billion to hire more VA doctors and nurses and $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics.
After nearly drowning as a child, Robert McDonald was so terrified of water that despite earning dozens of Boy Scout merit badges, he refused to take the swim test to become an Eagle Scout.
But during his first year at the United States Military Academy, it was swim or quit, since every plebe is required to jump off a high dive with a weighted pack, boots and rifle. So Mr. McDonald conquered his fear and completed the test.
My main man Montel Williams is going to light up the room Wednesday as he delivers the keynote address for a forum on veterans issues, a topic he can get particularly fiery about. He also occasionally likes to mix it up with Washington journalists, that is when he’s not lobbying to appear on their shows. Atlantic Media’s Defense One and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are hosting the day-long event at the National Press Club.
Things will kick off at the ugly hour of 7:15 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — As proof that bipartisanship in Congress is still possible, a key liberal senator and his Republican counterpart in the House announced an agreement Monday on a $17 billion emergency veterans bill that last week was caught in partisan crossfire.
The bill seeks to address a national care crisis of long waits for treatment, falsified records, and reports of related deaths that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on May 30.