U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today voted in support of legislation to increase oversight of the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy, boost funding for veterans, and strengthen military infrastructure. He released the following statement after the House passed the FY2014 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Bill on a strongly bipartisan 421-4 vote:
"This legislation ensures that our veterans are able to receive the care they deserve for their dedication and sacrifice to our nation, and it supports our active-duty troops as they fulfill their mission.
"In addition to supporting medical treatment for more than 6.5 million patients, this legislation will streamline the VA bureaucracy by jumpstarting the electronic health record system and ensuring that disability claims are being processed quickly. This bill also contains important provisions for military infrastructure and reduces excess funds -- ensuring that more resources go to support our troops. By eliminating wasteful spending and improving oversight of the VA bureaucracy, we are serving our troops well, helping them to fulfill their mission and honoring those who have completed their service," said Rokita.
Rokita also voted to pass an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei to prioritize VA funding for regional offices with lengthy disability claims backlogs. The Indianapolis VA office would qualify as one of the regional offices receiving funds under the amendment because the office's average claims backlog is greater than one year.