Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Networks (VA MISSION) Act was signed into law. Rep. Brownley attended the White House signing ceremony today with fellow Members of Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and veteran caregivers.
“Today’s legislation is the culmination of more than a year of bipartisan work in the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, and it is a major step forward that will make it easier for veterans to get the care they have earned and deserve,” said Rep. Brownley. “Consolidating the VA’s various community care programs will make it easier for veterans to access the care they need, and expanding resources for veteran caregivers will improve quality of life for our veterans who need it most. I’m proud that today’s bill also includes two pieces of my legislation, expanding telehealth care for veterans and bringing more accountability to the VA’s finances. I thank the bipartisan leadership of both Committees, and especially our Veterans Service Organizations for their tireless work on this legislation, and I look forward to the work ahead to ensure the VA has the resources it needs to continue providing world-class care to our nation’s veterans.”