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  • Isakson Applauds Strong Slate of Nominees for VA, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today highlighted the outstanding qualifications of Tom Bowman to serve in the second-highest position at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during a committee hearing held today. As President Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary at the VA, Bowman, a veteran himself, brings a long career of working on behalf of veterans to the position. Most recently, Bowman has served as majority staff director of the Senate VA committee since January 2015, when I...

  • Isakson Statement on Removal of Top Officials at Manchester VA Medical Center

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statement regarding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin's decision to remove the director and chief of staff of the VA medical center in Manchester, N.H., following reports of alleged mismanagement and failure to address whistleblower concerns. "This kind of terrible mismanagement and substandard level of care for our veterans is unacceptable," sai...

  • Isakson, Tester Applaud House Introduction of Legislation to Improve GI Bill

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives' introduction of legislation that will make critical improvements to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. "We applaud the House for putting together a bill that addresses so many of our veterans' and surviving families' most urgent needs in the Post-9/11 GI Bill," said Isakson and Tester. "We are grateful to Chairman Roe and ...

  • Isakson Offers Committee First Look at Legislation to Improve Veterans Choice Program

    Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing to consider draft legislation proposed by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the committee, that would secure the future of the Veterans Choice Program by making many major improvements to enhance the timeliness and efficiency of delivery of veterans' care. "The future of the Veterans Choice Program is a critical issue to tackle," said Isakson. "The most important objective is to enhance the experience of the veteran a...

  • Isakson Cites Support for Appeals Reform from VA, Veterans Service Organizations

    MARIETTA, Ga. - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today highlighted broad support for the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation he introduced to overhaul the woefully outdated benefits claims appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA's current appeals process is in desperate need of updating, and nearly half a million veterans are in limbo because of the VA's existing ...

  • Isakson Honors America’s Independence Day

    Click here to watch full video WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, delivered the following remarks to honor Independence Day and thank the veterans and service members who fought for our freedoms and liberties: "July 4, 2017, the 241st birthday of the United States of America. "Our country is having its birthday. You and I are enjoying our freedom. All of this, because of those soldiers and those volunteers and those military...

  • Isakson Highlights VA Accountability ahead of Fourth of July

    Click here to view the full video WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released a video highlighting his work to improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the swift passage and enactment of a new law ahead of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. The bipartisan legislation, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which was introduced on May 11 by Isa...

  • Isakson Applauds Committee Passage of Measure to Modernize VA Appeals Process

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the committee passage of his Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Isakson and Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., seeks to overhaul the current process for veterans' appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA's current appeals process is in desperate need of updating, and nearly half a million veterans are in...

  • Isakson, McCain, Moran Urge VA, DOD to Partner on Implementation of Electronic Health Record System Integration

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin and Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary James Mattis praising the VA's recent announcement that it will transition to the same electronic health record system as...

  • VA Accountability Measure Signed into Law

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the president's signing of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Isakson along with Senators Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., ranking member of the committee, seeks to improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and represents the first major reform to ci...

  • Isakson Congratulates Tom Bowman on Nomination to be VA Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded President Trump's announcement of his intent to nominate Thomas G. Bowman to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Bowman, a veteran himself with a long career working on behalf of veterans, has served as majority staff director of the Senate VA committee since January 2015, when Isakson took over as chairman. "I applaud President Trump for his wise choice t...

  • Isakson Highlights Choice, Appeals Reforms as Critical VA Priorities

    Click here to view Isakson's remarks online WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to focus its upcoming fiscal year 2018 budget on enhancing the Choice Program and addressing the backlog of appeals. The president's fiscal year 2018 VA budget proposal provides $186 billion in funding for the VA's health, benefits, construction and other administrative programs. A total of $7.3 ...

  • Isakson Applauds House Passage of VA Accountability Measure

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I am thrilled that the House has passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act," said Isakson. "I want to thank House leader...

  • Isakson Discusses Future of Veterans Choice Program

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, held a hearing Wednesday to review the progress made by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on its implementation of the Veterans Choice Program. Isakson also addressed the future of the program, set to expire this year, during the hearing with VA Secretary David Shulkin. The Veterans Choice Program, which Isakson stated "is probably the most challenging subject we will deal with in this term of ...

  • Isakson Congratulates Senate VA Committee Deputy Staff Director on Nomination to U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the nomination of longtime committee staffer Amanda Meredith to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Senate VA committee will hold a hearing to consider Meredith's nomination followed by a full Senate confirmation vote. After starting her career as a staff member at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Meredith has spent the past 12 years in the U....

  • VA Accountability Measure Sails Through Senate

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., ranking member of the committee, today applauded the Senate passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. "A...

  • Isakson, Tester Urge Colleagues to Support VA Accountability Measure

    Click here to view Isakson's remarks online WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today urged their Senate colleagues to support the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation they introduced to improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation (S.1094) is currently being debated in the Se...

  • Senate to Vote on VA Accountability Measure Tuesday

    On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to consider the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., ranking member of the committee. "I look forward to tomorrow's debate and urge my colleagues to support this critical measure as we work to restore accountability at the VA and help ensure veterans get th...

  • Isakson, McCain Statement on Announced Integration of VA, DoD Electronic Health Record Systems

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the announcement by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin that the VA will adopt the same Electronic Health Record (EHR) system as the Department of Defense for veterans' medical records. Isakson and McCain have long called for the integration of electronic records systems between the Dep...

  • Isakson Statement on Secretary Shulkin’s ‘State of the VA’ Address

    MARIETTA, Ga. - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statement following Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin's first 'State of the VA' address: "I appreciate Secretary Shulkin's commitment to increasing transparency and his honest assessment of the work needed to improve care at the VA. Today's 'State of the VA' address clearly laid out the progress that has been made and steps needed movi...