Hearing on Pending Legislation, Hearing Before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 17, 2017 [open pdf - 14MB]
This is the May 17, 2017 hearing on "Hearing on Pending Legislation" held before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate. From the opening statement of Johnny Isakson: "In terms of the appeals process, we are on the cusp of dealing with what has been the black eye of the Veterans Administration for decades, and that is long backlogs of appeals that are heard over and over and over again without resolution. One of the things I had hoped to accomplish before I left the Committee as its Chair-man would be to have meaningfully dealt with that appeals process. We are close to having done it; I worked closely with Senator Blumenthal in that process and will continue to so this Committee can, in fact, deal with it. Then, as every Member knows, Choice has been a big issue since Choice became an issue, and it became an issue about 3 years ago when this Committee passed the first Choice bill, dealing with the veterans' backlog, veterans' problems, and the veterans' claims. We now are in the process of trying to perfect Choice--and that is my word. We will be talking about some bills that are being introduced today to be completed before this session is over, where with the Choice Act, we waived the sunset unanimously a couple of weeks ago on the floor of the Senate. The bill and its corrections will be in place. Then, we will have dealt with appeals, we will have dealt with Choice, and we will have dealt with accountability, which will be a major accomplishment for this Committee, or any committee in this year." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Orrin Hatch, Marco Rubio, Jennifer S. Lee, Louis J. Celli, Kayda Keleher, Adrian Atizado, Allison Jaslow, and David J. Cox.
S. Hrg. 115-299; Senate Hearing 115-299
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