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Roe Calls for Hearing on Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Veteran Suicide

Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, is calling for a hearing on H.R. 3495, the IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act. The bipartisan bill would provide funding to entities that provide suicide prevention services to veterans and their families and is sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.). In a letter sent earlier this week to Rep. Mark Takano (D-Ca.), the Chairman of the Committee on V... [...]

Roe Statement on Senator Isakson's Retirement

Today, Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after Senator Johnny Isakson, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, announced that he will retire from the Senate at the end of the year: "Senator Isakson is a good and decent man. It has been a great privilege to serve our nation's veterans alongside him. His dedication to doing the right thing for the men and women who served is second to none and his leadership contributed to historic refo... [...]

Senate, House Leaders Demand VA Fix Emergency Care Claims Errors Impacting an Estimated 60,800 Veterans

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT), House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Member Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to VA today following a damning report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlining errors in VA’s processing of non-VA emergency care claims. The OIG found that in 2017 VA inappropriately processed about 31 percent of e... [...]

Roe Applauds House Passage of Veterans' Bills, Urges Consideration of Republican Proposals

Today, Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed three bipartisan veterans' bills: “I am grateful that, before leaving for the August district work period, the House passed three bipartisan bills that would ensure that our nation’s veterans can more readily access the care, benefits, and services that they have earned." "I am particularly pleased that the House passed H.R. 3504, the Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019,... [...]

Republicans Request Hearing on Bills to Protect Veterans' Second Amendment Rights, Children

Last week, Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee's Minority Members wrote to Rep. Mark Takano (D-Ca.), the Chairman of the Committee, requesting a legislative hearing on bills to protect veterans' Second Amendment rights and ensure the safety of veterans' children in child care programs supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs. These letters come after Chairman Takano refused to allow the Committee to debate amendments that these bills are based on during a markup earlie... [...]

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