Senator Jay Rockefeller released the following statement:
"As the longest serving member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, I've long-fought to make sure that our veterans get the benefits they earned through their service to our country. Last week, I was dismayed when the Senate failed to pass the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 -- a critically important veterans package that could have had a real impact on West Virginia veterans by providing them with job training and education benefits, and expanding VA health care and dental care. The bill could have also helped end the benefits backlog, and importantly, would have safeguarded our veterans from a lapse in benefits if the government shuts down. The bill also included several provisions from my Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Enhancement and Improvement Act, which calls for needed consumer, financial and legal protections for servicemembers and veterans.
"Our veterans must be able to rely on Congress to fulfill the promise of providing them with benefits they earned and deserve, like basic health care and job training. As always, I will keep fighting for our veterans, to make sure their issues remain a priority for the entire Senate in this Congress and beyond."