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  • Isakson, Blumenthal Applaud Passage of VA Budget and Choice Improvement Act

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, respectively, today applauded the Senate passage of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R.3236). Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a budget shortfall of $2.6 billion. The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act addresses this gap by ...

  • Isakson Calls on VA to Bolster Programs to End, Prevent Veteran Homelessness

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to strengthen its efforts to end veteran homelessness. In line with his top five priorities as chairman, Isakson remarked that no veteran who served and sacrificed for our country should be without a home or necessary support. "Today we are here to talk about veterans’ homelessness in our country, which while it is improving in te...

  • Isakson to VA Secretary: Fill Vacant VA Leadership Positions Now

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to immediately fill the 44 vacant leadership positions nationwide within the Veterans Health Administration, which is responsible for delivering health care to our veterans. Among the VA facilities across the country that are operating without a permanent leader are the Phoenix, Ariz., VA facility that was the epice...

  • Committee Passes Sweeping VA Accountability Reforms, Veterans’ Benefits Legislation

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the committee passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at increasing accountability at the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs and improving veterans’ benefits and health care. "I am very proud, having worked with Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal and all the members of the committee, that we are bringing about accountability to the VA," said Isakson. Th...

  • Isakson Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today participated in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Congressional Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The Congressional Ceremony, held fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Vietnam Service Medal to recognize service in Southeast Asia and fifty-six years after the first U.S. service members were killed in Vietnam, kicks off two years of nationwide, community-based events to ho...

  • Senate Approves Funding for New Denver VA Hospital, Temporarily Avoids Construction Shutdown

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today praised the Senate passage of legislation that will allow the construction of the new Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) medical center in Denver to continue. The legislation authorizes the VA to use $150 million in its existing fiscal year 2015 budget for the project in order to avoid a looming shutdown on June 12, 2015 and provide enough funding to continue construction throug...

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