VA Will Have the Resources Necessary to Meet the Needs of Veterans
Chairmen Miller and Dent Pledge that Congress will Address Recently Disclosed Funding Shortfall
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Jeff Miller (House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs) and Chairman Charlie Dent (House Committee on Appropriations, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee) released the following joint statement on VA’s budget shortfall.
“As chairmen of the relevant Veterans Affairs panels in the House of Representatives, we were recently notified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that, without Congressional action, it will run out of funding prior to the end of the fiscal year. The VA has made shocking claims that it will begin shutting down hospitals and furloughing staff as a result. We are diligently working to ensure this does not occur and that no veterans will be denied the care they need and deserve.
“America’s veterans must not be penalized for the VA’s inability to do its job. This is far from the first time the VA has disclosed problems far too late and turned its blatant mismanagement into a fiscal emergency. Two months ago, the VA couldn’t tell Congress it was over budget. Two weeks ago, it couldn’t tell Congress it would be shutting down hospitals next month. No viable organization can function this way. The VA’s continued lack of transparency and refusal to be forthright with Congress and the American people is unacceptable.
“Congress will not allow the VA’s failures to close care facilities or furlough the personnel our veterans rely on every day. We will work to enact the necessary reforms to end this continuing mismanagement and transform the VA into a more transparent and accountable Agency.”