House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Approves Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where I serve as a Subcommittee Chairman, approved H.R. 5229, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014.

I am proud to see this bill, which I co-authored, pass out of committee on a bi-partisan basis. The bill now moves to the House Floor for final passage. This legislation provides disabled veterans that enter the federal workforce the opportunity to seek medical treatment for their service-related disabilities without being forced to take unpaid leave. We must support our veterans, especially those who suffered a disability protecting our freedom.

Additionally, the House passed and I voted in support of the following,

H.R. 3593, the VA Construction Assistance Act of 2014 – an effort to make sure VA medical facility projects are completed on time and within planned budget;

H.R. 5404, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2014 – to increase access to care for veterans outside the VA to address outrageous wait times in getting to see a doctor;

H.R. 4276, Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Improvement Act of 2014 – to improve the community-based brain injury residential rehabilitative care for veterans; and

S. 2258, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014 (COLA) – to ensure that disabled veterans and their families receive a cost-of-living increase adjustment to take effect December 1st.

Rest assured, I am committed to keeping the promises we’ve made to veterans and getting them the services they need.



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