WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, has been selected as a Senate negotiator to the House-Senate conference committee tasked with reconciling the differences between House and Senate versions of the VA reform bill.
The legislation is aimed at improving the quality and timeliness of care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities across the country.
“The culture of corruption and misconduct within the VA has gone on for far too long,” said Isakson. “I look forward to being a part of the effort to fix the VA’s problems and put into place reforms to instill a system of accountability for the future. We owe veterans nothing more than everything we can do to see to it that promises made about their health care are fulfilled. That’s a passion of mine, and I’m always going to be committed to it.”
Isakson is a co-sponsor of the Senate-passed Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, which would fund construction of 26 new medical facilities, including a community based outpatient clinic in Cobb County, Ga. The bill would also make it easier for veterans who do not live near a VA medical facility to access private care.
In addition to Isakson, the Republican senators on the conference committee include Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Mike Johanns, R-Neb., John McCain, R-Ariz., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.