Statement : Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

March 24, 2021 Statement
"This is a story of tragedy, deception, bureaucratic incompetence, and tireless advocacy by servicemembers, veterans, and nonprofit advocates who have devoted themselves to elevating this issue, seeking out justice, and fighting to clean up military sites so that no one else is poisoned by this toxic mess."
March 12, 2021 Statement
"There is too much work to be done to ensure that our veterans are receiving the services they need. These programs all come together to help VA provide care and services in the comprehensive fashion that is required in order for veterans to achieve the best possible health outcomes."
March 9, 2021 Statement
"Ancient societal norms don’t reflect modern families or modern society, and there is no reason why there should be this kind of limitation on a veteran’s ability to start a family after dedicating so much of their life to military service."
March 5, 2021 Statement
"Draconian caps on discretionary spending meant that we had to make tough choices on where to put limited VA dollars. But we cannot overlook the real, serious infrastructure needs that exist as well. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Investing in infrastructure has broader benefits on the economy and on the local community, as it supports construction jobs, material manufacturers, and revitalizes neighborhoods."
February 19, 2021 Statement
"For the past year, the VA has faced a number of unprecedented challenges from helping to provide their staff and the veterans they care for with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, the previous Administration’s mismanagement of supply chains and, in my view, general disregard for science led to serious missteps early on. Thankfully, the VA has amended some of its policies to better ensure that both VA employees are getting the equipment they require and our veterans are getting the care they need."
February 19, 2021 Statement
"Tragically, VA has seen over 10,000 deaths, including 130 employees.This heartbreaking number highlights how important this work is, as we continue our oversight of the funding and the policies that are needed to keep our veterans and workers safe.As the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., VA has an enormous responsibility to our veterans and their families, our health care providers and other employees, and to the nation as a whole through VA’s “fourth mission” to assist with public health needs."
February 16, 2021 Statement
"The focus of this hearing is to have the witnesses provide an update on the Department of Defense’s efforts to fully assess the extent and nature of the troubling – and persistent issues within the privatized military family housing program. In addition, they will provide details on their on-going actions to remedy the inadequate oversight of the program, and their long-term plan to make permanent positive changes to the program."