Manchin, Tillis, Rounds

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the V.A. Mission Act (S. 2372)

Senator Manchin: (4:48 p.m.)

  • Spoke on veterans' issues.
    • "I'm sure that the mission act just passed out of the House 347-70, and I have a lot of good friends on both sides of the aisle who want the overall bill. It has the support of the national veterans' service organizations and the effects of this bill will not likely come into being until 2025. And I will not be serving in the Senate then. Yet for the sake of the veteran population in West Virginia, I have to say something publicly. The act could have detrimental second or third order effects in our communities. If this bill passes with the act in it, the powers that wish to downsize the level of care that we give to veterans will should -- we'll see it as a victory but they should be prepared for robust, exhaustive oversight by me and my colleagues on the committee."

 

Senator Tillis: (4:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on veterans' issues.
    • "And we may have to do basic maintenance on them but they're properties that may have historic value. Maybe we can convey them to the states and sell them and use those resources to blow back into quality - plow back into quality care for the veterans. I can tell my friend from West Virginia we share a mountain range together. We share a lot of cultures out in the western part of our state and West Virginia, and there's no way on Earth that I would allow the V.A. to move forward on something that I felt like was going further away from providing quality care to any veteran anywhere in west Virginia and North Carolina or any other rural area."

 

Senator Rounds: (4:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the V.A. Mission Act.
    • "I rise to discuss the legislation known as the V.A. Mission Act of 2018. A significant change for the health care delivery system at the department of veteran affairs. The V.A. Mission Act passed the House of Representatives last week and is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate in the coming days. The bill is the result of months of negotiations and discussions between stakeholders, the administration and house and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees of which I am a member. While I appreciate the hard work of those involved, unfortunately the final legislation is not something that I am able to support. Before I get into my concerns about the bill and what I believe to be its fatal flaws, I want to point out there are a host of good provisions that I do support."