Saturday, August 13, 2016

Miller Statement on President Obama’s Speech to DAV


US House Rep Jeff Miller (above) is the Chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.  His office issued the following earlier this month:


Aug 1, 2016

Press Release
For more information, contact: Curt Cashour, (202) 225-3527

Today, Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement regarding President Obama’s speech at the Disabled American Veterans national convention.
“During his speech today, President Obama threw around a lot of impressive sounding talking points. But like a lot of the information coming out of his Department of Veterans Affairs nowadays, the rhetoric doesn’t match reality. The president decried wait-time manipulation, even though VA leaders routinely tolerate such practices and, according to the Government Accountability Office, VA wait-time data is still misleading. He spoke of the need to protect whistleblowers, even though retaliation against VA employees who spotlight problems is still a major problem. And he tried to link VA’s poor performance with a lack of funding, even though VA’s budget has nearly quadrupled since 2001. The fact is, VA will never be fixed until we have a president who is dedicated to solving the department’s number one problem – its widespread and pervasive lack of accountability. Until then, VA’s issues will continue while veterans pay the price.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

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