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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2029, the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill:

“As the House begins the appropriations process at the earliest time since 1974, there is no better indication that Congress is working again than today’s vote. We began with an open amendment process where every member, Republican and Democrat, could offer amendments, and under this process we have passed the first appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year. 

“The bill we passed today will accomplish a lot, but one of its most important functions is increasing reform in the VA by modernizing electronic health records for veterans and tackling the disability claims. The lack of proper health records and continued disability claims backlog have remained problems for years now, even as the House has called for reform multiple times. Taking more steps to resolve these issues is a start to bringing the VA into the 21st century.

“Finally, this bill will also renovate military facilities and help streamline the building process and fight back against mismanagement and delays that have already wasted the taxpayers millions of dollars.

“I want to thank Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-05). It’s because of his leadership and the hard work of the Appropriations Committee that we were able to start so early this year and pass this bipartisan bill.”