Washington - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to consider VA bills introduced and cosponsored by Congressman Jack Bergman. Congressman Bergman chairs the VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
At 3:00 PM, the House will begin consideration of fourteen VA bills: two of which were introduced by Congressman Bergman (H.R 5215 and H.R. 5418), and three of which he has cosponsored.
In March, Congressman Bergman said his bill, H.R. 5215, the Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act, "is an appropriate and necessary next step to ensure that VA is properly using the resources they have been allocated;" additionally stating, "this legislation will punish bad actors and prevent future misuse of taxpayer dollars."
Regarding H.R. 5418, the Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, Congressman Bergman said "unfortunately the system for purchasing medical and surgical supplies has gone off track because unqualified administrators were deciding which products physicians get to use. Our legislation will put medical experts back in charge and prevent the VA from making the same mistakes again."
Bergman remains committed to cutting red-tape in VA while streamlining the delivery of Veterans' healthcare.
Additionally, H.R. 4245, the Veterans' Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 will be considered on the House floor. As an original cosponsor of this bill, Congressman Bergman noted the importance of this legislation:
"This legislation requires VA to provide Congress with key planning and implementation documents so we can track whether deadlines are being met and costs are being controlled. This project will modernize and simplify VA’s healthcare delivery, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure it works for Veterans."
Tune in live to the discussion on the House floor beginning at 3:00 PM today HERE.