"News this week that 57,000 veterans across the nation waited months and months for their first healthcare appointment is both shocking and shameful. Even worse, an additional 64,000 veterans requested medical care but never made it onto the waiting list. Today, the House continued to take action to increase VA accountability and get our veterans the care they need without delay. This bill will provide veterans who have waited longer than routine wait times immediate access to private-sector healthcare institutions. This is the latest in a series of VA reforms passed by the House, including a measure to allow VA leaders to fire managers who are not fulfilling their responsibilities, and legislation to ensure critical reforms recommended by the VA Inspector General are swiftly implemented to fix these problems. There must be clear and immediate consequences for those who break faith with our veterans. It should not be easier for bad employees to get a bonus rather than get fired. We remain committed to fixing these systemic problems, and these are important steps to help the Administration make the VA work for our nation's veterans and their families."