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The Mississippi delegation urged the secretary to rescind the appointment and replace the candidate with someone more qualified. They cited McDougall’s testimony to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, in which she misled members of Congress about the extent of wait times for veterans to receive care in Southern California and the VA’s recent efforts to place her in other parts of the country.
“As we celebrate this year’s Veterans Day, let us remember all those who have fought and lost their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. The men and women of our Armed Forces deserve our deepest gratitude every single day for their continued sacrifice, and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all our service members, our veterans, and their families have access to the care and benefits they deserve."
Memorial Day is such a solemn day of remembrance by our nation of those who have given their lives in service and protection of America. It is a debt we can never repay, but we can honor them by remembering that they are the reason our great country is like no other in the world. We can also honor their memories by realizing that our freedom is so precious and can never be taken for granted. Let us remember what Christ said in Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
In keeping with our pledge to Grow America’s Economy Instead of Washington’s Economy, I want to take a moment to draw your attention to what the House of Representatives has accomplished in just the month of January.
This evening, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This spending bill contains a number of important measures that fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.
On this Veterans Day, I am extremely thankful for all our veterans and their families. It is their continued commitment to Duty, Honor, and Country, which make this the greatest nation in the world.
Today, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement upon being notified that U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi had arrived back in the United States after his release from a Mexican prison...
Veterans deserve better. I am committed to holding VA officials accountable. Today I signed a letter to Secretary Eric Shinseki asking for the VA to extend immediate care through private-sector doctors to any veteran who has waited too long for medical care. This letter also seeks to ensure that local and regional VA managers have no incentive to deny veterans access to care from private-sector doctors.
Rural America and underserved communities struggle with inadequate access to health care. This is primarily due to provider shortages and a lack of resources in communities needing primary care and prevention education. Metropolitan areas face similar challenges in providing timely and adequate access to specialty and sub-specialty services — such as care for cancer patients and victims of acute strokes — due to urban isolation and cultural barriers. That is why we have authored a bipartisan bill, the Telehealth Enhancement Act (HR 3306), to help connect these patients with health providers through telemedicine networks.
Last week, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle launched the Alliance for Connected Care – a coalition to promote telehealth policies like my bill, the “Telehealth Enhancement Act.”