A Democrat running for Congress in Colorado who touts his work on behalf of veterans missed 35 percent of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs’ meetings while he served on that body, according to meeting minutes.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D., Wis.) Republican challenger criticized the incumbent for ignoring abuses at a VA facility and for offering a severance package to a staffer fired over the incident that would have required her to remain quiet if she accepted.
The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the nomination of Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs in an 86-9 vote on Monday.
The Trump administration is seeking to pay for recent expansion of Veterans Affairs to private health care through recently increased budgetary caps, according to an administration official.
The Senate on Wednesday is expected to easily pass legislation to give veterans the option to seek private-sector medical care when the Department of Veterans Affairs is unable to provide a patient with adequate or timely health services, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) said Tuesday.
A VA hospital in Los Angeles has had to cancel or postpone over 80 surgeries due to an insect infestation.
The White House refuted reports Monday that Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, who withdrew his name to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs last week, will not return to his job as President Donald Trump’s personal physician.
The White House on Friday defended physician Ronny Jackson from attacks coming from the left, releasing records that dispute allegations of wrongdoing against him.