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Ranking Member Bost's Statement on Resignation of Dr. Stone, Applauds His Leadership and Service to Veterans

Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Acting Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Richard Stone, would leave the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in the coming weeks. “Dr. Stone has been an incredible asset to our nation’s veterans during his time at VA. His leadership in handling the pandemic was evident from the start. I am confident lives were saved because of it. As we heard from Secretary Mc... [...]

Bost Delivers Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing to Assess VA’s Budget Request for FY 2022

Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared, at the start of the Committee’s hearing to assess the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget request for fiscal year 2022: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to welcome Secretary McDonough and all of our witnesses. Any way you look at it, the V.A. budget has doubled over the past decade. We have never asked V.A. to do more with less. V.A’s biggest budget increases have come in the last two years. The ... [...]

Ranking Member Bost: “This budget also continues to ignore the elephant in the room - toxic exposure”

Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Committee’s hearing to assess the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) fiscal year 2022 budget request: “I will always act to make sure that veterans have what they need. But veterans are taxpayers too. They deserve to know that the massive funding increases VA is requesting are necessary, not wasteful,” said Ranking Member Bost. “This budget also continues to ignore the elephant in the room - toxic exposu... [...]

Ranking Member Bost: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

This week, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, penned an opinion piece in The Southern in honor of Memorial Day. Read the article here and below: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Congressman Mike Bost Ranking Member, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs May 31, 2021 153 years ago, Southern Illinois’ own, General John A. Logan, issued General Order No. 11, which called for a national day of remembrance to honor the veterans who perished during the Civil War. Though it was not for... [...]

Bost Delivers Opening Remarks at Oversight Hearing to Examine VA’s Infrastructure

Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared, at the start of the Committee’s oversight hearing to assess the Department of Veterans Affairs infrastructure: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Good afternoon and welcome to our witnesses today. We are here to discuss V.A.’s infrastructure challenges. For our Committee, this conversation is about more than just buildings and bridges. It is about how best to care for veterans. Last year, 7.2 million vete... [...]

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