April 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mimi Walters (California-45) released the following statement on the recent Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report warning of dangerous conditions at Washington, DC’s VA Medical Center.

“Our veterans are the backbone of our nation and heroes among us.  They deserve the highest quality health care possible through the VA, no questions asked.  Three years ago this week we learned that a wait time manipulation scandal resulted in dozens of veterans dying while awaiting treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital.  Unfortunately, pervasive problems continue to plague the VA system, threatening the lives of millions of veterans who rely on the VA for medical care.  Just yesterday, an alarming report revealed that conditions within the Washington, DC VA Medical Center are so dire that hospital patients are actually in danger.

“This conduct is inexcusable, and I will continue to push for meaningful reforms to the VA.  The House of Representatives has taken important steps to address the VA’s systemic problems and ensure our veterans receive timely and quality care.   We recently sent a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk to improve the VA Choice Program, which will reduce out-of-pocket costs for veterans and remove current barriers to the timely disclosure of veteran medical records.

“The House also passed legislation last month to address the glaring lack of accountability within the VA. The VA Accountability First Act would provide the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove poorly performing employees and protect whistleblowers who expose misconduct.  Providing our veterans with quality, reliable health coverage is a top priority, and I will continue advocating for VA reforms that prioritize the wellbeing of our nation’s veterans.”

Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.