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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan


Walberg: Our Veterans Deserve Better Care and Leadership

May 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement in response to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's comparison today of wait lines for VA medical care to wait times at Disney.

"Excessive wait times at the VA are a life and death matter. Secretary McDonald's flippant comment is stunningly out of touch and demonstrates why trust in the VA's leadership continues to erode. We cannot lose sight of the significant reforms needed at the VA so our nation's veterans get access to the timely, high quality care that they deserve," said Congressman Walberg.

In direct contrast to Secretary McDonald's remark, today the House passed several bipartisan bills to make reforms at the VA to help our veterans and their families, including:

H.R. 3956 - VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act
Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a plan to hire a director for each VA medical center without a permanent director.

H.R. 3989 - Support Our Military Caregivers Act
Reforms the Department of Veterans Affairs Family Caregiver Program to help better support family members caring for seriously wounded veterans.

H.R. 5229 - Improving Transition Programs for All Veterans Act
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Transition Assistance Program in assisting veterans as they prepare to transition to civilian life.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg's work in Congress visit