WASHINGTON — Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today in honor of Memorial Day 2015:
“Since the birth of our Nation, our sons and daughters have been willing to fight for what this country stands for. They stood tall against the strongest military in the world and won our freedom. They defeated fascism in Europe and imperialism in the Pacific. They countered communism in Korea and Vietnam. And today, they fight Islamic extremism. They have made America a beacon of hope for countless people around the world and a place we are proud to call home.
“It is the dedication of these brave men and women that has kept our country free and grown it into the greatest Nation on earth. This greatness is rivaled only by the selflessness of those who have worn our uniform.
“Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the enormous sacrifices of countless heroes past, who gave their lives so we could live ours in peace. But our fallen warriors have earned much more than just a holiday. They have earned our eternal respect and gratitude. Today and throughout the year, please keep America’s fallen veterans in your thoughts and prayers. Strive to honor their memory, while we as a Nation care for the loved ones they left behind.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ AffairsRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller and Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson released the following statement regarding the replacement Denver Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center construction project.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs replacement Denver VA Medical Center is the biggest construction failure in VA history. Since the project’s inception, the cost of the hospital has ballooned from $328 million to $1.73 billion. Yet as the project spiraled out of control, VA ignored congressional pleas to get things back on track at almost every turn. Because of a near complete and total lack of focus on the project at the highest levels of VA and the department’s disregard for congressional oversight, the future of the Denver replacement hospital is unclear.
“For its part, VA to this day has refused to take this project seriously. Instead of putting forth a realistic plan for covering the enormous cost overruns in Denver by finding efficiencies in its existing budget and eliminating waste, VA has essentially demanded that taxpayers subsidize the department’s incompetence with an $830 million bailout. Incredibly, VA is asking for this bailout in the absence of any accountability whatsoever for the problems in Denver while just today the public learned the department is improperly spending as much as $6 billion on procurements per year. VA’s top leaders may have been ushered into their positions based on their business sense, but their response to the Denver debacle, which has been devoid of accountability and practical cost-savings initiatives, would not fly at any business.
“We’ve been down this road before. Last year, VA promised to fire those responsible for manipulating wait times, stop its longstanding pattern of whistleblower retaliation and fix the department’s corrosive culture. That hasn’t happened yet, and Congress will not tolerate any more empty VA promises. So if the department is serious about getting the Denver project back on track, it needs to show us rather than tell us.”Read More
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