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Congress Misses Opportunity for Common-Sense DoD Reform

Arlington, VA – This evening, the Senate passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and failed to include an amendment proposed by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to implement another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) in 2019. BRAC is the process of closing down empty or under-utilized military bases that are costing… Read more »

CVA Joins Bipartisan Coalition Pushing for McCain-Reed Amendment on BRAC

Arlington, VA — Today Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) joined a broad, bipartisan coalition in support of the proposed amendment on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI). Coalition members include the Project on Government Oversight, the Defense Priorities Initiative, and Heritage Action for America. The coalition… Read more »

CVA Statement on Prohibition of Military-Strengthening Measure

Arlington, VA – Last night the House voted to block a new round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) for at least another year. Lawmakers adopted by voice vote an amendment from Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Bill Shuster (R-PA) to prohibit funding for a new BRAC as part of a national security appropriations bill, H.R. 3219. Recently, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA)… Read more »

CVA Backs House Plan to Fix Choice Program Budget Shortfall

Arlington, VA — On Friday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) released a legislative solution to the Veteran Choice Program budget shortfall. The bill would create additional funds for the choice program which would be offset by continuing existing fees within other VA programs and reforming certain VA pensions.  Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Policy Director Dan Caldwell issued… Read more »

House Failed to Pass Crucial BRAC Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act

Arlington, VA – Today the House voted down an amendment offered by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) that would have struck a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that prohibits the Department of Defense (DOD) from undertaking an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). In June, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) outlined the group’s NDAA recommendations for… Read more »

House Moves to Block Bipartisan BRAC Measure

Arlington, VA —  The newly-proposed House defense appropriation bill would prohibit a new round of base realignment and closure (BRAC), a common sense cost-saving measure that would save taxpayers millions and make the Pentagon more efficient. Last year, the Department of Defense (DOD) estimated that they will have 22 percent excess capacity at bases across the world by 2019…. Read more »

Congress Should Seek More Savings in VA Budget

Arlington, VA – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) policy director Dan Caldwell released the following statement on President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in FY2018: “There are a few good items in the new VA budget proposal, but overall it does not achieve Secretary Shulkin’s vision of a more efficient… Read more »