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Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this bill and I would like to take the opportunity to remind America's veterans that the plan will not affect the VA health care system. I continue to work in concert with leaders in the House of Representatives to ensure that veterans receive the world-class health care services they have so bravely earned.

Let me be clear: enrolled veterans meet the individual responsibility requirements under the bill to maintain quality health coverage.

I firmly believe all of our citizens should have access to health care. I am proud that Congress has crafted a plan to bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance today, and affordable coverage to those who do not. This plan, however, will not jeopardize the current health care services and benefits provided by VA. We will keep our promise to our Nation's heroes of the past, present, and future.

I was pleased to sign a letter with House Armed Services Chairman IKE SHELTON, House Ways & Means Chairman SANDER LEVIN, House Education & Labor Chairman GEORGE MILLER, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman HENRY WAXMAN affirming that current health care reform legislation does not undermine or change the Department of Veterans Affairs mandate to provide comprehensive health care to veterans. I would like to submit this letter, along with statements from the Vietnam Veterans of America and AMVETS and a statement from General Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the VA, affirming this fact for the RECORD.


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