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February 11, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Stopping Another Shutdown and The Future of the VA

After several weeks of organization and orientation, the 116th Congress is finally up and running at full speed. Last week, President Donald Trump gave his second State of the Union speech, addressing the need to continue supporting reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also highlighted efforts to stop “endless wars” by removing troops… Read more »

February 8, 2019

We’ve Been Saying This All Along: VA Care Should Be Veteran-Centric

If you’ve read it here once, you’ve read it here a hundred times: veterans should be the focus of care at the Department of Veterans Affairs. That’s why we support reforms like those in the VA MISSION Act that give veterans more options over where they seek their medical care. More options give veterans access… Read more »

February 6, 2019

President Trump Addressed These Two Major Victories for Veterans During the State of the Union

President Donald Trump highlighted several victories from his second year in office during last night’s State of the Union address. These included a strong economy and criminal justice reform, but two wins in particular matter especially to veterans. The first, the VA MISSION Act, will dramatically reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and how veterans… Read more »

February 4, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Big VA News and Moves on Syria

Welcome to February, a short month packed with plenty of activity on Capitol Hill. The big news this week will likely come from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. The address was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed due to the partial government shutdown. Speaking of a government shutdown,… Read more »

January 31, 2019

The VA Just Released A Key Piece of VA MISSION Act Standards

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released its proposed access standards for veterans to seek non-VA medical care through the VA MISSION Act. Under the Veterans Choice Program, which is being overhauled by provisions of the VA MISSION Act, veterans had to meet access requirements that were confusing and largely arbitrary. The new access standards… Read more »

January 28, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Shutdown Is Over … for Now

After 35 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over – at least for now. Furloughed federal employees are returning to work this week after the longest shutdown in history. President Donald Trump signed a stopgap spending bill over the weekend that funded eight cabinet departments and several agencies for three weeks. The bill didn’t… Read more »

January 22, 2019

This Week on the Hill: Government Shutdown Continues and VA Committee Gets New Members

It’s a short week on the Hill, but it’s longer than it was supposed to be. House of Representative district work was canceled to keep lawmakers in Washington as the partial government shutdown reaches its fifth week. On that front, not much has changed. Lawmakers are still unable to reach an agreement on border security… Read more »