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The Rauner administration later handed over some of those same emails to the legislative committee investigating the outbreaks — with significantly ... Earlier this year, the joint House-Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that's investigating the repeated outbreaks at the Quincy home demanded that the ...
Former Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., similarly said the Senate “should not approve any nominee for secretary who supports the privatization of the VA,” a charge which he has also leveled at Trump. The current top Democrat on the committee, Montana Sen. Jon Tester ...

Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He joined us to discuss the reforming the VA, Jackson's nomination and more. The following is a transcript of the interview with Sanders ...
A key Senate Democrat is voicing concerns about Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin after President Trump abruptly ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week and ... Perry appeared before Tester at a Commerce Committee hearing alongside four other Cabinet secretaries this week.
... the secretary of Veterans Affairs, the committees on veterans affairs in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the representative who represents patients who ... The bill has since been referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and then referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Veteran Affairs Department Secretary David Shulkin is the sole holdover from the Obama administration to serve in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. Once popular with Trump, Shulkin in recent months has fallen from grace and is at risk of losing his job. Controversies include a watchdog report that found ...

“Investing in the future of our servicemen and women is a no brainer,” said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. “The folks who serve our nation in uniform develop unique and specialized skillsets over the course of their military careers. Our bill helps give them more flexibility ...
... proponents of the bill repeatedly emphasized that it would hold everyone — especially top officials — accountable: “senior executives,” stressed Senate Veterans Committee chair Johnny Isakson; “medical directors,” specified Trump; anyone who “undermined trust” in the VA, according to Veterans Affairs ...
“Investing in the future of our servicemen and women is a no-brainer,” said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. “The folks who serve our nation in uniform develop unique and specialized skill sets over the course of their military careers. Our bill helps give them more flexibility ...
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Dr. Shereef Elnahal's nomination as the new Health Commissioner Friday. ... The doctor also worked at a number of U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals to improve care access for veterans and active duty service members and has authored several ...
... is one of 10 Democratic senators up for reelection this year in a state that Trump won in 2016. The 30-second spot runs through the 13 pieces of legislation that were signed into law. They're predominantly focused on veterans. Tester is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
... proponents of the bill repeatedly emphasized that it would hold everyone—especially top officials—accountable: “Senior executives,” stressed Senate Veterans Committee chair Johnny Isakson; “medical directors,” specified Trump; anyone who “undermined trust” in the VA, according to Veterans Affairs ...
“This is the year that our views will be heard on cannabis,” Melissa Bryant, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said in front of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees on Tuesday. “Veterans consistently and passionately have communicated that ...
“This is the year that our views will be heard on cannabis,” Melissa Bryant, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said in front of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees on Tuesday. “Veterans consistently and passionately have communicated that ...
On Monday, Cullerton, who serves as the Chairman of the Senate's Veterans Affairs committee, called a bipartisan hearing to further investigate and push the governor's administration toward a solution. But committee members once again left with unanswered questions and further confusion as to why the ...
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today launched a new resource for veterans targeted by home loan refinancing scams. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has more than 50,000 active loans in Missouri, and too often, veterans are targeted by scammers and predatory lenders offering ...
Johnny Isakson, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, told CNN that Isakson still "strongly supports" Shulkin, but did not respond to a request for comment on Shulkin's aides reportedly attempting to oust him. Tiffany Haverly, communications director for House Veterans' Affairs Committee ...

“The purpose of the call was to protect the secretary, the department and members of the committee from continuing to give credence to allegations that may later ... Others, including the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees, have said Shulkin needs to “fully ...
Though both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees spent much of 2017 working with the Legion and other veterans service organizations on a variety of ideas detailing a future VA Choice program, lawmakers in both chambers punted the issue to 2018. Many of the committees' discussions ...
In the soon-to-be-inked deal, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee proposes making VA facilities responsible for meeting access standards set by the VA ... The Senate and House committees of jurisdiction voted to advance VA Choice reforms in early December, but even then lawmakers and the ...
But the point is the VA is the VA and Jon Tester is the #2 guy on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and under his watch the VA has hired doctors with licenses revoked and former felons.” A few days after USA Today investigation was published, Tester sent letter to Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Executive in ...
Jackson will face questions about his qualifications from members of the Senate who will need to approve his nomination. In a statement, Sen. Johnny Isakson, the GOP chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, said he looks forward to "learning more" about Jackson. Sen. Richard Blumenthal ...
There's more turnover in President Trump's cabinet — this time at the Department of Veterans Affairs. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, about oversight of the department and the confirmation process of the person picked to lead it.
A group of Democratic senators has sounded the alarm over the Trump administration's enforcement of a key civil service reform President Trump signed into law ... VA Secretary David Shulkin is overstepping congressional intent in implementing the law, six Democratic senators, led by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee ...
Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said the General Assembly is eager to hear a dollar figure on what it will cost to make necessary changes at the Veterans Home to help safeguard residents and employees from any further outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease.
House Bill 944 has passed the House is awaiting action in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. ... Veterans Affairs says there is not enough research to know if dogs actually help treat PTSD and its symptoms, but evidence-based therapies and medications for PTSD are supported by research.
Also this week, the major veterans groups begin their legislative presentations to the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees. The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans will be the first to make their presentations on Capitol Hill, with about 20 more expected in coming weeks.
In the Senate, its veterans affairs committee last December approved and sent to the full Senate the Caring for Our Veterans Act (S 2193), with provisions to extend the current caregiver program to older generations of war-era veterans in two phases and at an estimated cost of $3.4 billion over five years.
In the Senate, its veterans affairs committee last December approved and sent to the full Senate the Caring for Our Veterans Act (S 2193), with has provisions to extend the current caregiver program to older generations of war-era veterans in two phases and at an estimated cost of $3.4 billion over five ...
Though both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees spent much of 2017 working with the Legion and other veterans service organizations on a variety of ideas detailing a future VA Choice program, lawmakers in both chambers punted the issue to 2018. Many of the committees' discussions ...
As part of the change, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee proposes making VA facilities responsible for meeting access standards set by the VA secretary. (Photo: Shutterstock). The Senate has added a change to a VA Choice program that moves care for veteranscloser to privatization. According to a ...
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Cullerton called the hearing Tuesday in response to an Associated Press report last week about replacing potentially problematic plumbing at the home where 13 have died from the pneumonia-like illness since 2015. The fourth case diagnosed in the ...
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee invited Illinois's Department of Health, Department for Veteran's Affairs and Rauner's administration to answer questions on Tuesday. The major question was, why they didn't take immediate action after receiving an engineering report on the home in 2016?
David Shulkin, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), showed up to what he thought would be a routine Senate oversight hearing in January, only to discover it was an ambush. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) was the sole holdout among members of the veterans affairs committee on a ...
VA Secretary David Shulkin arrives for a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 15, 2018. ... Shulkin has been working with senators on legislation that has bipartisan support, but other White House officials favor a Republican-led bill that provides more aggressive expansion.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee plans a hearing Tuesday on a 2016 engineers' report that estimated an $8 million cost to ... Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries initially told WBEZ Chicago that new plumbing could cost more than $500 million.
He won Senate confirmation in a unanimous, 100-0 vote in February 2017. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment late Sunday. Trump remained at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, over the weekend. He was slated to return to Washington on Monday evening ...
An inspector general's report says that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to Wimbledon tennis matches last year, and allowed taxpayers to pay for his wife's travel with him to Europe. A VA worker "effectively acted as a personal travel concierge" for Shulkin and his wife ...
Sens. Mazie K. Hirono and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that it is reimbursing veterans who were billed for emergency treatment at private hospitals. In January, the VA announced that it would not ...
VA Secretary David Shulkin testifies at a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on veteran caregivers, Feb. ... In a pair of letters submitted to the VA on Monday, 16 senators and representatives on the veterans' affairs committees expressed worries the agency would make changes that would lead to ...
“Additionally, it is a well-known phenomenon in the law enforcement community that impaired/intoxicated motorists can become fixated/drawn to a solid, red light as a means to help them better see the road,” Spiros told the Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs in a memo filed with ...
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks on Afghanistan before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on Oct. 3, 2017. ... Defense Secretary James Mattis and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin will both testify before congressional committees Tuesday morning, where both are expected ...
It appears the federal agency made the decision without consulting Wyoming's congressional delegates or the U.S. House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees, which the letter's signatories say is “concerning and unacceptable.” The delegation does not know when the decision was made, what criteria ...
Delph pilot project extension passes committee ... Mike Delph (R-Carmel) has passed out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations with a unanimous 10-0 vote. SB 96 now moves to the Senate Floor to ... Delph is chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military. HBOT is a medical ...
Senate staffer accused of sexual harassment was later appointed to Veterans Affairs post by Gov. Jerry Brown ... Jerry Brown to a top position in the state Department of Veterans Affairs, according to state records released Friday. .... House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) in October. (Susan Walsh ...
Before lending their advice, committee members are gathering input from as many people as possible. On Tuesday morning, they were joined by veterans and military organizations and House and Senate staff. Their purpose was to review a survey of 28,260 people about how, or whether, Arlington ...
Culleton has led the charge to evaluate the actions taken by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and to ensure current protocols and procedures are up to ... served as an infantryman in the Army from 1990 to 1993, and he currently serves as the chairman of the Illinois Senate's Veterans Affairs Committee.
James Dalton, a junior political science major, moved to Pullman from Las Vegas, where he finished out a four-year stint in the Army. Dalton's first involvement with student government was joining the Student Veterans Committee. He later became vice president of the committee and still holds the position.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin that while other VA secretaries have been well-intentioned, as a medical practitioner, Shulkin has focused his goals on improving the practitioner side of VA's delivery of health care. “He's been a ...
A move to put all of Florida in the same time zone, while following daylight-saving time throughout the year, got the backing of a Senate committee on ... zone as the rest of the state, is scheduled to make its first appearance before the House Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday.


 

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