Congressman John Tierney voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction/VA Appropriations bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last evening. This spending bill funds certain military construction projects and operations and programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
"It is imperative that we provide appropriate funding for our veterans. After sacrificing so much for this country, veterans deserve the best quality care and access to services when they return home. While I believe the funding in this bill could have been even more robust, it does increase discretionary spending for VA programs by more than three percent over last year's levels. This was a good bipartisan product, and I was proud to support it," Congressman Tierney said.
"Additionally, I believe it is unacceptable that some veterans are waiting hundreds and hundreds of days before receiving a decision on their claims. This bill would fund additional claims processors and helps the VA transition to a paperless system. I also voted in favor of an amendment offered by my Republican colleague, Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada, that would shift $44 million for mandatory overtime to the VA Regional Offices with the worst disability claims backlogs - greater than 365 days. Moving forward, Congress must work together and continue its focus on ending the VA disability claims backlog," Tierney concluded.