Fighting for our heroes and supporting CCAD

Fighting for our heroes
Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security investigated unacceptable delays at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in dealing with processing disability claims. I questioned the VA about similar problems in seeing patients and processing claims in their medical benefits program as well. I want to make sure there is not a culture of indifference and delay when dealing with veterans.

The current backlog of claims, the average of which takes 883 days to face the Board of Veterans Appeals Adjudication, is a broken promise to our veterans. These delays are unacceptable to me, and are unacceptable to the American people. Our nation’s best deserve to be treated like the best. Click on the photo below to see my questioning of the VA Undersecretary.


Supporting the Corpus Christi Army Depot
This week, I took to the House floor to express my concern on the reduction of funding for Army Depots and Arsenals in the Defense Appropriations bill. I have the honor of representing the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), which saved taxpayers $47 million dollars in 2011, by repairing and overhauling battle damaged UH-60 Blackhawks. In these tough economic times, we need to save money where we can and the Depot saves costs. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to ensure that CCAD continues to play a vital role in maintaining the readiness of our military. Click on the photo below to see my speech on the House floor.

House Schedule – Week of July 23rd
CLICK HERE find a list of this week’s scheduled votes. I invite you to share your thoughts about them with me HERE. Also, you can find a list of the bills we voted on the previous week on my Vote Discussion Blog on my official website.