REP. KIHUEN OFFERS AMENDMENT ON HOUSE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF VETERANS IN ELY, NEVADA
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Ruben J. Kihuen delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives following the introduction of his amendment to the “minibus” appropriations bills which would emphasize the responsibility of the Department Veterans Affairs to provide services to veterans and maintain health care clinics in rural Nevada. Watch video of his floor speech here. Excerpts of his remarks are below:
“Veterans have made incredible sacrifices for our country and deserve the highest quality treatment and care when they return to their civilian lives. The Department of Veterans Affairs has the obligation to provide critical services to veterans and ensure that America’s veterans have access to high quality and affordable health care in their communities. Recently, the VA decided not to renew its contract with the Ely Community Clinic in my district and is forcing veterans in Ely and the surrounding community to rely solely on the Choice program to access care.
“We owe it to our Veterans not to use the Choice program as a crutch, but to make the proper investments in the health care our Veterans deserve. Veterans have already fought for their country. They shouldn’t have to fight to keep their VA clinic in Ely. The intention behind my amendment is to remind the VA that it has the responsibility to continue operating the health care clinic in Ely, Nevada and to emphasize the importance of continuing to provide care in in rural communities across the country. The Choice program was not intended to allow the VA to shirk its responsibility for certain veterans. Instead, it was supposed to help veterans who have nowhere else to turn. I was sent to Congress by the people of the Fourth Congressional District to fight for Nevada’s veterans, and I will continue fighting to ensure that veterans in rural Nevada and communities across the country do not lose access to the VA health care services they have earned and deserved. “