MacArthur Supports Urgent VA Reforms in Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman MacArthur supported the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 because of the important reforms it will bring to the struggling Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office:
"Many of the 65,000 veterans in my district get their care just across the river in Philadelphia at the Philly VA, an office that we just learned is riddled with systematic failures, shoddy record-keeping, outrageous wait times, and more," MacArthur said. "We desperately need solutions so that our veterans are never faced with this kind of disgraceful treatment. Today's bill will provide those solutions."
"I supported this bill because it will allow VA regional offices like ours in Philadelphia to hire more staff to process claims, so no veteran has to wait over a year for an answer they should receive in five days," MacArthur continued. "I voted for it because it will move our veterans' claims towards a paperless system, and increase oversight on all levels."
"It's a common sense measure that will help us fulfill our obligation to our veterans, and I was pleased to see it pass today."
The FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Appropriations Bill covers veterans' health and job training programs, provides increased funding for claims processing, increases oversight of the VA, and provides support systems and infrastructure for active duty servicemembers.