Congresswoman Waters Applauds Passage of Veterans’ Health Bill
July 30, 2014
Congresswoman Waters Applauds Passage of Veterans' Health Bill
Washington, DC– Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) voted in favor of the Conference Report for the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230), which passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 420 to 5.
"I am proud to support the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014. This legislation will help to ensure that all of our nation's veterans are able to receive the health care they need when they need it," said Congresswoman Waters.
The conference report provides $10 billion in emergency funding to allow veterans who have been waiting for more than 30 days for an appointment at a veterans' health facility to access health care outside of the veterans' health system. The conference report provides an additional $5 billion to hire more primary care physicians, specialty care physicians, nurses, and other medical staff to care for our nation's veterans.
"We owe a sacred promise to care for our nation's veterans. By passing this conference report, Congress is keeping its promise to the brave men and women who risked their lives in service to our nation," said Congresswoman Waters.
The conference report includes $1.5 billion for leases for 27 new veterans' clinics across the United States, four of which will be located in California. These clinics will make health care services available in many communities that currently lack access to veterans' health services.
"This legislation will improve the lives of veterans throughout the United States. Today, the House proved that when Democrats and Republicans work together, we can make a difference for the people we serve," concluded Congresswoman Waters.