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CVA Launches Effort to Hold Rep. Walz Accountable for Failing to Advance Reforms to the VA

By Chris Neefus

CVA Launches Effort to Hold Rep. Walz Accountable for Failing to Advance Reforms to the VA

Group is educating Minnesotans on Walz’s record with direct mail, a digital video, and more. 

Rochester, Minn. — Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is launching an effort to hold Rep. Tim Walz accountable for standing in the way of critical reforms to the VA health care system, siding with Minority Leader Pelosi to omit them from last month’s omnibus spending package. 

The grassroots group is sending direct mail across his district (MN-1) to inform his constituents that Walz stood in the way of critical reforms like expanding health care choice for veterans at the VA, and put politics over the critical needs of veterans. CVA will also launch digital video and display advertising in Minnesota to advance the same message. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MAILER
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Dan Caldwell had this to say: 

“A bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen came together to create a package of reforms to fix the VA’s health care system. Sadly, Rep. Tim Walz and Nancy Pelosi blocked those reforms from being included in the recent omnibus spending bill.”

The group has highlighted a similar pattern in the recent years, with Rep. Walz speaking about the need to continue reforming the VA, and then voting against legislation that would implement the policies that he has advocated for previously.  

CVA is asking members of the public to contact Walz and ask him to support reforms like the compromise that could have been included in the Omnibus spending package.

For further information or an interview, reach Chris Neefus at CNeefus@cv4a.org or (703) 517-4504. 

BACKGROUND 

In 2017, CVA launched a digital ad effort to hold Walz accountable for standing in the way of emergency funding for the Veterans Choice Program, which was facing an urgent budget shortfall. This is the same program that CVA is now seeking to shore up and expand. 

CVA supports the Veterans Community Care and Access Act of 2017 (S. 2184). Read more about it and the rest of the group’s legislative agenda here. 

“Walz voted against a common-sense, fiscally responsible solution to funding the Veterans Choice Program.” (cv4a.org, “New Ad: Walz Jeopardized Crucial Veterans’ Care Program,” 8/10/17). 

Rep Walz’s Votes

NO: VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994), Passed the House by a vote of 256-170 on July 29, 2015 

NO: VA Accountability First Act of 2017 (H.R. 1259), Passed the House by a vote of 237-178 on March 16, 2017

NO: VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 (S. 114), Failed under suspension (2/3rds required) by a vote of 219-186 on March 24, 2017