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Kyrsten Sinema's Public Statements on Issue: Veterans

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 9, Democratic
Date Title
Nov. 24, 2014 Sinema Meets with New Interim Phoenix VA Director, Requests Plan to Fix Veterans' Care
Nov. 18, 2014 Sinema Statement on Second Phase of VA's Choice Cards Program
Nov. 14, 2014 Letter to Kathleen Fogarty, Acting Director VISN 18 Department of Veterans Affiars -
Nov. 6, 2014 Following Sinema Letter, VA Resumes Publication of Wait-Times Data
Nov. 4, 2014 Sinema Statement on Appointment of Glen Grippen as Interim Phoenix VA Director
Oct. 30, 2014 Sinema Meets with Veterans Mental Health Working Group
Oct. 29, 2014 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Definition of Wait Time Goals
Oct. 24, 2014 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Resume Publication of Wait-Times Data
Oct. 22, 2014 Letter to Richard Griffin, Acting Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs - Calls on VA to Disclose Unpublished Oversight Findings
Oct. 21, 2014 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs - RE Joint Commission Findings
Oct. 17, 2014 Sinema Co-Hosts Clinic to Support Local Veterans
Oct. 15, 2014 Sinema Statement on VA Firing Announcement
Oct. 2, 2014 Sinema Co-Sponsors Bill to Expand Educational Opportunities for Veterans
Sept. 29, 2014 Sinema Statement on VA Whistleblower Announcement
Sept. 17, 2014 Preventing the Epidemic of Suicides
Sept. 12, 2014 Sinema's Office Releases Resource Guide to Support Local Veterans
Sept. 11, 2014 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Permanent Replacement for Head of Phoenix VA
Sept. 9, 2014 Arizona Veterans and Military Leadership Alliance Endorses Sinema
Sept. 5, 2014 Sinema Listens to MCC Student Veterans
Sept. 4, 2014 Veterans' Vision Endorses Sinema
Aug. 26, 2014 Sinema Calls for Action Following VAOIG Report Findings
Aug. 14, 2014 VA Acts on Sinema Plan to Improve Veteran Primary Care
Aug. 8, 2014 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Priorities
Aug. 7, 2014 Sinema Calls for Swift Implementation of New VA Reform Law
July 29, 2014 Sinema, Benishek Introduce Bipartisan VA Bonus Accountability Act
July 29, 2014 Introduction of the VA Bonus Accountability Act
July 25, 2014 Letter to Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate, and John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives - Congress Must Stay in Session Until VA Problems Addressed
July 25, 2014 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Sinema Demands Accountability and Protections for VA Whistleblowers
July 23, 2014 Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230, Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014
July 17, 2014 Motion to Instruct Conferrees on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act
July 10, 2014 Sinema and Somers Family Work to Prevent Veterans Suicide and Improve Access to Mental Health Care
July 3, 2014 Sinema's Commitment to Helping Veterans Continues
June 25, 2014 Letter to Darren Deering, Chief of Staff VA Health Care System - Bimonthly VA Briefing
June 24, 2014 Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6, Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act; and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3301, North American Energy Infrastructure Act
June 24, 2014 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - VA Whistleblowers
June 20, 2014 Letter to Slcan Gibson, Department of Veterans Affairs - Sexual Assault Claims
June 20, 2014 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - VA Care for Victims of Sexual Assault
June 18, 2014 Appointment of Conferees on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act
June 12, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States- Create Blue Ribbon Commission to Investigate Care Delivery at Department of Veterans Affairs
June 11, 2014 oday, Congresswoman Sinema's office will host the second meeting of the working group she convened last Thursday to coordinate delivery of immediate services to veterans were failed by the Phoenix VA. Last week, more than 30 leaders representing local community providers, veterans service organizations, Phoenix VA representatives, and other stakeholders convened to coordinate care for veterans still waiting for treatment at the Phoenix VA. Prior to today's meeting Congresswoman Sinema released the following statement: "I'm proud that several steps we called for to address the failures at the Phoenix VA are being implemented and that we have brought decision makers from community providers and veteran service organizations to the table to take immediate action to serve our veterans. "We're working to broaden the VA's use of existing and new community partnerships, a step essential to both reforming the VA system and providing immediate care to veterans failed by the Phoenix VA. I will continue to work until our veterans have access to both short-term and long-term care, and all Arizona veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned."
June 11, 2014 Sinema's Office to Host Second Veteran Provider Meeting
June 10, 2014 Sinema Statement on Legislation Addressing Wait Times at VA Medical Facilities
June 9, 2014 Today Congresswoman Sinema met with the Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson. Following the meeting, Sinema released this statement: Today I learned that 18 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA, and that an additional 823 veterans who requested care were never contacted or received care from the VA, going back as far as 2009. The Phoenix VA has attempted contact at least twice with each of these veterans in the last 48 hours, however the fact that these veterans were never previously contacted is unacceptable. The recent actions the VA has taken to address the severe failures of the Phoenix VA are a step in the right direction. Several of these are actions we've called for over the past several weeks. We called on the VA to provide mobile clinics; there is now a mobile clinic outside the VA and two more will be added in the next two to three days. We requested the VA immediately contact these veterans to schedule appointments; the VA is working to contact each of the Arizona veterans awaiting care. We requested a review of Phoenix wait times and wait times nationally; the VA will release a full report Monday and monitoring will continue on an ongoing basis. We asked the VA to have social workers on staff in the Phoenix VA Hospital emergency room; there are now social workers that cover the ER 24/7. We called on the VA to leverage community partners and adjust their contracting, they are taking steps to do both. We've also asked the VA to participate in a meeting with community partners, they are participating today. But there is still very significant work to be done, which is why I presented the Acting Secretary with a specific plan to help the 3,923 Arizona veterans who need care immediately. We must take immediate action to hold VA leadership accountable, get all veterans in front of a doctor or specialist, leverage community partners, fix the scheduling system, and establish effective incentives and oversight at the VA to ensure this never happens again. "I will continue to push until these veterans have immediate access to both short-term and long-term care, and all Arizona veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned."
June 5, 2014 Today Congresswoman Sinema joined a majority of her colleagues in supporting H.R. 4457, the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014. Congresswoman Sinema released the following statement after passage of the bill: "Small businesses are the backbone of Arizona's economy. This bill allows companies like Arizona Hi-Lift to make investments and grow their business. "I will continue to work to provide small businesses with access to capital and the regulatory relief they need to create jobs and grow Arizona's economy." H.R. 4457 allows qualifying small businesses in Arizona, including Arizona Hi-Lift LLC, a construction equipment supplier located in Phoenix, to expense, or immediately deduct from income, up to $500,000 of business equipment costs. "Year to date I have purchased no equipment for my company. Last year I used the full 500k deduction," said Doug Click the President of Arizona Hi-Lift LLC. This much needed tax provision expired at the beginning of 2014. Providing small business tax relief will enable companies like Arizona Hi-Lift to again utilize the full depreciation deduction and invest in Arizona.
June 4, 2014 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Private Sector Care for Veterans
May 30, 2014 Sinema Says Focus on 3,100 Arizona Veterans
May 29, 2014 Letter to Eric Holder, Attorney General- Investigation into Phoenix VA
May 28, 2014 Sinema Calls for Shinseki Resignation, Urges DOJ to Investigate VA Allegations
May 28, 2014 Sinema Calls for Accountability and Action Following VAOIG Report Findings
May 27, 2014 Letter to Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Audit Concerns
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