Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of an amendment to the Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriations bill that shifts additional funding to VA offices with the longest case backlogs. Authored by Rep. Amodei (R-NV), the amendment passed with strong bipartisan support and direct $44 million in funds to the fifteen worst-performing VA offices.
"The case backlog at the Oakland VA office is simply unconscionable," LaMalfa said. "Our deserving veterans, many of whom have service-related medical conditions and need our assistance, should never have to wait over 500 days to have their claims resolved. We need to provide them with the services they were promised as soon as possible."
The Los Angeles, Reno and Oakland offices have the longest average backlogs in the country, at 576, 504 and 501 days, respectively. The VA has a total backlog of at least 600,000 cases, some dating as far back as two years.