Rep. Miller Supports Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding

Washington, Jun 7, 2013 -

While we can never truly repay the brave men and women who have served to protect and defend our great country, Congress has a duty to deliver on the promises made to our nation’s veterans. This week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation to provide funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military construction activities in the next fiscal year. Specifically, the bill provides $73.3 billion in discretionary spending to support those currently serving and to provide benefits and medical care to veterans.

During consideration of this important legislation, I was proud to support an amendment to the bill that would help address unacceptably long delays in processing veterans’ disability claims. Right now, there are over 600,000 claims nationwide stuck in the VA backlog. Sadly, the Los Angeles regional office has one of the longest processing times with an average wait time of 619 days – twice the average nationwide! The amendment would direct funds provided under the bill to VA regional offices where the processing time is over a year. I will continue to use my voice and my vote to support our nation’s veterans, active duty personnel and their families as the appropriations process moves forward.

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