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Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on passage of 2015 MILCON/VA Appropriations bill:

“The men and women who have sacrificed and courageously served this country deserve the health care and benefits promised to them. Today, the House voted to increase the budget of the Veterans’ Administration to make sure these promises are kept. Unfortunately, there have been numerous reports that the VA has failed our veterans through excessive medical appointment wait times and backlogs of benefits claims. Today’s vote in the House is a start to cleaning this mess up, but there is much more to be done. The House will continue to introduce and pass legislation to reform the VA and ensure accountability so we can uphold the promises made to our veterans.”