Boozman, Lankford, Enzi, Barrasso

Executive Session (Montgomery Nomination)

Senator Boozman: (2:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "This is important because veterans should have access to the best health care and services in a timely manner, regardless of where they live. Under this legislation, a veteran and his or her doctor will decide where that veteran will receive care, taking into consideration the veteran's health care needs and the availability and quality of both V.A. and community care. For largely rural states like Arkansas, this makes all the sense in the world. We have two V.A. medical centers in the natural state, Little Rock and Fayetteville, as well as facilities in neighboring states that often serve Arkansas veterans. The health care providers and staff at those facilities and our community-based outpatient clinics in Arkansas truly do an excellent job in caring for our veterans, but the V.A. medical centers are in populated areas."


Senator Lankford: (2:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "And this is very important. Things like the distance that they have to travel, the nature of the care that's required, the frequency of the care so they don't have to travel back and forth so often long distances, the timeliness of available appointments, whether the covered veteran faces an unusual or excessive burden, includes the family and includes the veteran. So in the conversation that's happening, suddenly it is not just a clinician making a decision. The veterans at the table and their family are brought into consideration. The reason this is important is not just for so many veterans that have to travel long distances. It's even for veterans that live close."


Senator Enzi: (2:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "As Americans, we honor all our veterans who have sacrificially fought for our freedoms. Certainly those who have paid with their lives but also those who have returned home determined that we not forget their fallen brothers and sisters in arms. Among the most meaningful ways congress can honor our veterans is to uphold the promises that have been made to them. One such promise and responsibility is to ensure America's veterans that they have access to the quality medical care that they earned through their service. I want to thank chairman Isakson and his staff for all the effort they have put into the bill before us. His tireless work on behalf of America's veterans has produced the compromise legislation now pending that aims to reform the V.A.'s broken community care programs."


Senator Barrasso: (2:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on infrastructure legislation.
    • "Basically, the bill comes down to three big things. It grows the economy and creates jobs. It cuts red tape by getting more control out of Washington. And it keeps communities safe. The first way this legislation supports America's economy is by increasing water storage. That's a big concern in my home state of Wyoming and across the west. We've had a serious problem over the years where sediment builds up behind dams and the Lakes where water is stored. Sediment limits the amount of water that the Lakes can actually hold. So we're telling the army corps of engineers and other agencies to develop plans to deal with this sediment at Federal Reserve voice. That's a simple thing that Washington can do and now it's going to get done."