Our veterans must be taken care of.
We've made a commitment to our fighting men and women and we must be held to account for that commitment. We cannot continue to pass "keep the lights on" appropriations bills that do nothing to address the underlying issues affecting veterans care. We need to have a real discussion about what we want to accomplish, and set forth a plan of action to achieve those goals. This action includes passing a budget for veterans benefits, which hasn't been done since 2009.
Without question, the VA system needs to be rebuilt. Administration officials must be held accountable for deficiencies that have developed in that system, including secret waiting lists. But we also need to start honoring our veterans by prioritizing their care.
Too many U.S. Senators say they care about the men and women of our armed forces, then vote against their care and the commitment we have made to take care of them upon their return. I would lead the inquiry into finding out what happened in the VA to get us to this point, I would help pass a budget for the VA to define what is a priority for veterans care, and I would vote to fully support those measures.