Democrats in the House, including some who were original co-sponsors, reportedly blocked efforts by the House Veterans Affairs Committee to enact certain VA reforms.
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, of Johnson City, told media on a conference call Thursday morning that he worked over the weekend to get Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to support the legislation and its inclusion in the omnibus spending bill that passed the House late Thursday.
Instead, House Democrats opposed the legislation, which included some of the amendments the Democrats on the VA Committee had recommended, according to Roe.
he legislation included streamlining community care for veterans for less confusion, expanding caregiver pay for more veterans, and conducting an asset and infrastructure review of the VA.
And addressing community care, a stated priority of the president’s, is a must, Roe said.
“It’s going to slow this down. I tried as hard as any human being could this weekend to get this done,” the Congressman said. “We’re going to get this done. I’m committed to it, and I think the Senate is committed to it.”
While House Democrats were “being very obstructionist,” Roe said Senate Democrats are eyeing seats up for election in areas of the country President Donald Trump handily won, making them more open for compromise.
“Leader Pelosi insisted that they vote against their own bill and they did,” Roe said of House Democrats. “I think it was taking it down so the president doesn’t get any wins.
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March 26th, 2018