Congress Wants to Shield Veterans From Another Government Shutdown
Advocates have argued that currently in the case of a government shutdown, the department wouldn't be able to process new benefits claims.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
12 OYS:Charlie Norwood VA official resigns; remains on payroll, says source
There is a question on the mind of retired Air Force Veteran Richard Johnson. "Why is he still being paid," said Johnson.
Report: VA Employees, Staff May Be Responsible For Legionnaires' Outbreak
Two internal reviews regarding the spread of Legionnaires' Disease at Pittsburgh's VA facilities shows employees and staff may have been responsible for the deadly outbreak.
The Washington Post
Joint hearing to focus on Veterans Affairs budget
Michael Reynolds/EPA - The measure, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders , did not garner enough Republican votes to waive a VA spending limit established under the budget Congress and President Obama approved in December.
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Detroit Free Press
Rep. Miller: Selfridge ANG base could lose A10 fleet but gain KC135 tankers
While the Air Force still plans to get rid of the fleet of A10 aircraft at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, it apparently intends to replace at least some of them with KC135 aerial refueling tankers, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller said today.
Mon Mar 10, 2014
Florida Tossup Tests Patterns for Special Elections
Clark is among the many women who came to the House via a special election. Will the same hold true for Sink in a Florida special election Tuesday? Whatever the outcome of Tuesday's tight congressional contest in Tampa, Fla., this footnote is assured: The winner will become the 64th person in the current House first sent to the Capitol by a special ... (more)
American Legion Magazine
Legionnaires heading to Washington
The American Legion's legislative priorities will be highlighted during its 54th annual Washington Conference that kicks off March 23 and ends March 26 when American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger testifies before the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs..
Sat Mar 08, 2014
Sunshine State News
John Boehner and GOP Leadership Try to Counter Bill Clinton in CD 13
In the final days of the special election for the congressional seat left open by the death of longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., candidates are making their final outreach bids and launching their last attacks.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Insurance Journal West
U.S. Congresswoman: Flood Insurance Bill Bad for Michigan
A U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan wants her state to opt out of the National Flood Insurance Program, saying it's not good for Michigan homeowners.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Josh Miller protected insurance for himself while opposing it for poorer people
Blue Hog Report beats me to the punch in digging up some legislative work by Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
Northwest Florida Daily News
Defense budget could help Northwest Florida
Some major local military operations - the F-35 program and special operations forces, for example - appear to be largely untouched by the Pentagon's proposed budget cuts, but force reduction measures and degradation of military benefits still will have an effect on local service members.
Legion Encouraged by 2015 VA Budget Proposal
If the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2015 budget is approved, it will be one of the few federal agencies in the era of sequestration to see an increase in funding )--The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress to approve a $163.9 billion budget in fiscal 2015, an increase of about $10.1 billion over the department's fiscal 2014 ... (more)
VA reform: It's vets versus bureaucrats
Here's a true story about how things work at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs : In March 2013, Dr. Steve Coughlin, a former VA epidemiologist, testified to Congress about how the VA had failed to follow up with veterans who had reported suicidal thoughts, and that many of those vets later took their own lives.
Sun Mar 02, 2014
Pensacola News Journal
Bowden: Protect some beach parcels
Escambia Commissioner Grover Robinson and congressional ally U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller are pushing a private beach ownership bill that passed the House of Representatives by two votes and likely endangers the Interior Department's 1946 Santa Rosa Island reverter clause.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Investigation Proves Whistleblower Claims That VA Neglected Suicidal Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has substantiated some of the allegations made last year by a former epidemiologist who claimed that the agency neglected assisting suicidal veterans and was slow to release important research data.
Thu Feb 27, 2014
Republican Bill Excludes Fertility Treatments For Vets With Genital Wounds
Sen. Patty Murray , a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, believes fertility treatments should be covered for wounded veterans.
VA security breach leaves veterans' data at risk
An internal memo prepared by top IT professionals inside the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency's computers that hold private information for hundreds of thousands of military veterans are essentially wide open.
Wed Feb 26, 2014
Northwest Florida Daily News
Pentagon budget proposal raises questions
As the war in Afghanistan is set to wind down, the Pentagon has proposed a post-war defense budget that almost certainly will affect military-rich areas such as Northwest Florida.
Republican Members Move Last-Minute Money To David Jolly in Florida Special Election
Republican members of Congress are sending last-minute campaign contributions to win a special election in Florida on March 11th.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
American Legion Magazine
Legion: VA must have advance appropriations
On Feb. 25, American Legion Legislative Division director Lou Celli spoke at a veterans service organization rally on Capitol Hill to encourage passage of a bill mandating advance budget appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs.