House to Send VA Reform Bill to President Trump's Desk This Week

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jun 13, 2017 12:30 PM
House to Send VA Reform Bill to President Trump's Desk This Week

After years of shameful reports about veteran care, investigations and scandal, the House is set to vote on legislation to reform the embattled Veterans Affairs system.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan explained the need for the long overdue legislation and praised  bipartisan support of the bill. 

"Any of you who have reported on this scandal over the last few years know how entrenched the problems at the VA really are. This legislation is one of, if not the biggest step we have taken to turn this page," Ryan said. "We look forward to sending this major bipartisan legislation to the president’s desk. We’ve been talking about this for about three years. And we uncovered all the scandals at the VA. Now we’re making law. Now we’re bringing accountability. Now we’re getting the veterans the kind of response and the kind of accountability they earned and deserved. And I’m very proud of these members who worked across the aisle to get this done.”

“I want to commend Chairman Roe, I want to commend Chairman Wenstrup, and all the Republicans and Democrats who have come together to advance this legislation. This has been a long time coming," he continued.

President Trump campaigned on the issue of VA reform and called on the House to pass the legislation last week.

Further, VA Secretary David Shulkin made an appearance in the White House briefing room to stress the need for the legislation.