Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Statement on VA Access and Accountability Bill

Jul 30, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that begins to address the problems facing our veterans at the VA. This piece of legislation allows veterans to seek private care if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility, or are unable to get an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. It also makes it easier to fire or demote senior VA managers who are not doing their jobs.

“Our veterans have experienced the unthinkable at VA hospitals across this Nation because of the Administration’s mismanagement and corruption.  I am very pleased that House Republicans and Senate Democrats have come together to address this very important issue.  Giving veterans access to private care and promoting accountability are two necessary steps that will put us on the path to ensuring our veterans receive the health care they have earned and deserve. 

“My good friend and colleague House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller should be given tremendous credit for working in a bipartisan fashion.  Although today’s bill is not perfect, I am proud to support it.  Washington politics should not prohibit progress on an issue that has led to preventable deaths of the very heroes who risked their lives to keep American families safe.”