Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee apparently “threw a tantrum” and skipped a planned discussion on how to reform the Veterans Affairs agency because of a group tied to Republicans.
As lawmakers get ready to tackle legislation to overhaul veterans health care, House Democrats boycotted a roundtable discussion on Tuesday because of the inclusion of Concerned Veterans for America, which they accuse of being a Republican-linked advocacy group that is more interested in political attacks than creating new policy, Military Times reported.
Democrats divide by non involvement and then cry for bipartisan process. It’s dysfunctional and needs to stop…. https://t.co/ibTtVXnC13
— Real Erin Cruz🇺🇸 (@WAGNERGIRLE) October 5, 2017
“The chairman has the right to invite any organization he pleases, but to pretend that CVA is anything other than a partisan organization that invests time and money into discrediting Democratic members of Congress, and specifically the ranking member of this committee, is disingenuous,” Griffin Anderson, press secretary for the committee’s Democrats, told Military Times. “We will not pretend it is anything else.”
Really? Concerned vets for America OFFENDED THE DEMOCRATS!?
— Marine4Trump (@MichaelEMorri14) October 6, 2017
The American Legion, AMVETS, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Wounded Warrior Project joined CVA as part of 18 veterans groups invited to the event.
Attendees for the event “were invited to participate because of their interest in and serious study of VA’s community care programs. They were invited for that reason and that reason only,” a spokeswoman for House VA Committee Chairman Phil Roe told Military Times.
— Dan Caldwell (@dandcaldwell) October 5, 2017
Democrats refused to attend the closed roundtable discussion which looked at new legislation on outside care programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which CVA is supporting, insisting the current system is outdated and overwhelmed.
I have my issues w/ CVA, but this is revenge for their (appropriate) criticism of Dems over VA accountability https://t.co/9DwHkK35Bq
— Russel Henderson (@RusselHenderso1) October 4, 2017
If everyone doesn’t know by now, how a lot of the democrats feel about our military & our vets, they aren’t paying attention.
— Lynn Owens (@7766justforme) October 5, 2017
Democrats objected to the presence of the advocacy group with ties to Republican Party donors, and were especially irritated by a CVA campaign earlier this year targeting Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz who voted against funding the Choice program, which offers health care options to veterans outside of the VA.
— Mark J. Lucas (@markjlucas) October 4, 2017
CVA Policy Director Dan Caldwell called out the Democrats who turned the discussion into a political issue, possibly jeopardizing important policy.
— Dan Caldwell (@dandcaldwell) October 4, 2017
“It is disappointing that the Democrat members of the committee did not want to hear ideas on how to fix the VA from a group of veterans, including many patients of the VA and combat veterans like myself,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “”We have a personal stake in ensuring the VA is improved, as many of our staff and volunteers use the VA – including some who were wounded in combat. We have worked for years to develop comprehensive and bipartisan solutions to the VA’s problems and appreciate that Chairman Roe invited us to this event.”
Do the Democrats do ANY work any more?? All they do is protest..
— Beth Albertson (@beth_albertson) October 5, 2017
Not surprised democrats have been throwing temper tantrums since November 8, 2016!
— Sabrina (@allthingsnerds) October 5, 2017
The Committee chairman “remains committed to a bipartisan process for community care reform,” Tiffany Haverly, communications director for Roe, said.
“The veterans committee is known for its bipartisanship, and while this invitation was a speedbump in that relationship, it is our hope we can get back on track so we can find a long-term solution to VA care in the community in the coming weeks,” committee press secretary Anderson said.
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