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Black Votes in Support of the Veterans Access to Care Act

Jun 10, 2014 Issues: Veterans

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) voted in favor of the Veterans Access to Care Act – bipartisan legislation that would allow any veteran forced to wait more than 30 days for an appointment at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the option to receive private-sector care instead. Congressman Black issued the following statement upon House passage by a 426-0 vote:

“Our veterans deserve the best care that we can provide, and in the midst of this shameful behavior at the VA, the House today again took action to make sure we deliver on the promises we make to our nation’s heroes,” said Congressman Black. “Sadly, Tennessee has some of the longest wait times and highest death rates of any VA facilities in the country, and this important legislation would help ensure our brave men and women who served receive timely, quality care. I urge Senator Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to pass this important, bipartisan measure without delay.”

Background:

USA TODAY: Nashville VA hospital has worst waits in the country

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.