Statement : Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

October 21, 2021 Statement
"I understand that VA is eager to continue moving forward with additional ‘go-lives’ next year but the problems identified at Mann-Grandstaff must also be addressed and accounted for in future rollouts. VA has a responsibility to demonstrate improved progress at Mann-Grandstaff. This progress will help build confidence in the new system among VA staff and Veterans."
July 27, 2021 Statement
“Constructing the barracks, bases, and training facilities that our military needs is crucial to our country’s military readiness. Properly funding the Department of Veterans Affairs is how we deliver on the promise of medical care and other benefits that our Veterans have earned through service to our nation. The Related Agencies, including the American Battle Monuments Commission and Arlington Cemetery, demonstrate how we honor the sacrifices of those who served.”
July 26, 2021 Statement
“This bill invests in the programs that improve our military readiness and honor the Veterans who have given so much through their service to our nation.”
July 16, 2021 Statement
"The strength of the bills that we have considered and the quality, the tenor, of the debate was outstanding, it reminds us all and it should remind us all that this is the best committee in the House of Representatives and, in fact, our work is at the center of the government and it doesn’t go forward without us."
June 30, 2021 Statement
"By providing an overall discretionary increase of $11.4 billion above 2021, this bill supports our veterans, rebuilds infrastructure that serves military families, and protects our national security with important global investments."
June 30, 2021 Statement
"I am proud that the bill before us reflects this work and makes needed investments in the programs that improve our military readiness and quality of life and provides the benefits and medical care our veterans have earned during their service to our nation."
June 29, 2021 Statement
“After decades of disinvestment and the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the American economy is seriously out of balance, favoring the wealthy and well connected and leaving working families behind. But we can reverse these trends. With our funding bills this year, we will invest in the American people: creating good-paying jobs, growing opportunity, and providing a lifeline to the middle class, working families, small businesses, and the vulnerable."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"Our nation’s service members, military families, and veterans sacrifice so much for us. In turn we owe it to them to ensure they receive the resources they deserve and the services they need. With an overall discretionary increase of $11.4 billion above 2021, the fiscal year 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill upholds our commitment to servicemembers, veterans, and their families and rebuilds the infrastructure that serves military families and veterans. Within the military construction portion of the bill, the legislation also protects global democracy with important investments in military facilities."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"The bill before us today is a significant sign of our commitment to our servicemembers and their families and to our Veterans. We can all be proud of the work we did to produce this bill, which takes into account the requests and feedback that all of you, and our colleagues on and off the Committee, have provided."
May 24, 2021 Statement
"Although we do not yet have the FY2022 President’s budget request, I am hopeful that it will reflect a renewed commitment to prioritizing the funding of military construction projects that ensure the success of our military and those families that sacrifice so much for our country."