GOP rep.: House passed a dozen VA reform bills that are DOA in Senate

While the president pounds his fist and proclaims he’s “madder than hell” over the Veterans Affairs scandal and then just asks for more time to review and investigate, House Republicans are getting pretty tired of the do-nothing Senate and a president who claims to only learn about problems in his administration on cable news.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., sits on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the House and she told [Larry O’Connor] Wednesday on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., that the House has passed a dozen bills for reform of the VA and they are collecting dust on [Sen.] Harry Reid’s desk:

O’CONNOR: Are your colleagues in the House doing something about this decades-old problem so we can get something done for the vets?

REP WALORSKI: In the past 18 months, since I’ve been a member of Congress, we’ve passed, on the House floor, at least 12 reform VA bills. Mandating the VA to fix different things, mandating the VA to report different things, mandating them to fix their website, bipartisan bills that went to the Senate, and they are DOA on the Senate side

The Indiana freshman went on to say, “We can pass bills all day long here on the House side, but if the Senate doesn’t get in gear and be held responsible and be held accountable for these veterans, it’s not going to work. … These things have been dead on arrival. Harry Reid has not moved one of these bills.”

So when you hear the president and the Democrats in Congress lament the “do nothing Congress” and proclaim their “year of action” in which President Obama will “act if Congress fails to act,” take note that Harry Reid has not brought any of the House VA reform bills to the Senate floor for consideration while veterans are dying as they wait for care.

Listen to the interview here via WMAL:

Published with permission by Washington Free Beacon.


61 thoughts on “GOP rep.: House passed a dozen VA reform bills that are DOA in Senate

  1. curmudgeon says:

    Don’t hold your breath awaiting Dingy Harry Reid ever bringing one into the light of day or the liberal lap-dog media reporting on it.

  2. waybackwhen says:

    When the VA scandal first reared its ugly head Obama said it was the FIRST he had heard of the problems! Guess what HE IS A BIG LIAR!

  3. Eli Cabelly says:

    The latest VA reform bill that was passed by the House makes it easier to fire top officials. It does nothing to actually fix the VA. I’ll make it simple. The VA was having issues back before 2000. Then George W Bush became president in 2001 and started 2 wars. This created more veterans, actually it more than doubled the number of veterans. In response the budget for the VA was increased by only 50%, leaving the VA in even worse shape than it was before.

    To fix the VA, the budget will have to be doubled at the very least. Without doing that, anyone trying to get the job done will fail. Let me know when the House passes a budget that doubles the allocation to the VA. Then this problem has a prayer of getting fixed. Without that, there’s no hope.

    Firing someone who fails at an impossible job is absolute stupidity.

  4. cathy m says:


  5. Dominique Storni says:

    Please document the “Bills passed”.. .and what they ACTUALLY do.

    Then I’ll listen.

    This GOP House has been the biggest #KochBlocher in history

  6. Matt D. says:

    The worth of our skills in a free country depends upon our ability to make our talents known to those who can best make use of them.

  7. Lucy A Duncan says:

    The article failed to mention how the GOP watered down and cut the bills so as to be unacceptable to the Senate. Please feel free to look at the bills and the votes.

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