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  • VA Conference Committee Reaches Agreement on Legislation

    Last evening, the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee signed an agreement on legislation that would help address the systemic issues plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee released the following statement. "I am pleased that the conference could come together and compromise on much needed legislation to help address the grave problems at the Department of Veteran Affairs," said Senator Richard Burr.  &...

  • Committee Unanimously Supports Senate Confirmation of VA Nominee

    Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs unanimously voted to send the President’s Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee, Robert McDonald, to the Senate floor for confirmation.  The Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee released the following statement.   "I am pleased that Mr. McDonald’s nomination moved quickly through the committee and it is my expectation he will swiftly receive Senate confirmation," said Senator Burr.  “Mr. McDonald...

  • Opening Statement from Ranking Member Burr

    Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman. Thank you for bringing the Committee together to examine the qualifications of Robert McDonald to serve as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Welcome to you, Mr. McDonald, and thank you for your willingness to take the reins at the Department of Veterans Affairs at this critical time. As you acknowledge in your testimony, VA is an agency in crisis. Over the past few months, the nation has been rocked by revelations that the Veterans Health Administration was m...

  • Senator Burr's Opening Statement for 'The State of VA Health Care, Part Two' Hearing

    Good morning, Mr. Chairman. I would like to welcome and thank Acting Secretary Gibson for being here.  Today, the Committee is holding a second hearing on the state of VA healthcare. Since our last hearing, there have been several developments related to the scheduling irregularities across the Veterans Health Administration and its negative impact on patient care.  VA has begun to take the necessary steps to address the systemic problems and the "corrosive culture" that has been ide...

  • VA IG Witness Delivers Damning Testimony During House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Hearing

    U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the testimony of Linda Halliday, witness from the VA Office of Inspector General (IG), at last evening’s House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing.  Halliday’s testimony outlines many troubling issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a high rate of errors in processing claims, as mentioned in an IG report released ye...

  • New IG Report Finds VA Manipulating Claims Data

    Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) two-year-old claim initiative.  This initiative was purportedly started by the Department to process long-pending claims more quickly, in part by issuing provisional decisions in cases where more evidence was required.  The latest report was requested by several senators, including U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committ...

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