Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement Wednesday after the House passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. This legislation includes $10 billion for the Veterans Choice Fund, $5 billion for improving the internal medical force at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and $1.5 billion to start up new VA clinics, including one in Tulsa.
“With the unacceptable treatment of our veterans due to mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, lawmakers have worked together to find solutions that allow veterans to get the care they need when they need it,” said Cole. “I am pleased that the House today passed a bipartisan fix that addresses the many problems due to internal negligence, preventing thousands of veterans from seeing a doctor. By putting new accountability measures in place, increasing the VA medical force and speeding up the process for those who have been waiting too long, I believe we are on the right track to solving the issues that have put our veterans at risk.”