Rose Gets Results, Passes Bill to Increase VA Transparency Through Committee
Legislation requiring Congressionally mandated VA reports be made publicly available, easily accessible, and updated in a timely manner passed House Veterans’ Affairs Committee with bipartisan support
Washington, October 16, 2019
Continuing his efforts to increase transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), Congressman Max Rose passed his VA Reporting Transparency Act with bipartisan support though the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today, sending it to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
“This is an important step towards more transparency and accountability at the VA for our veterans community,” said Rose, an Army combat veteran and Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. “This is a commonsense proposal that has received clear, bipartisan support—and I hope to see quick action both in the House and Senate to get this across the finish line.”
Congress often mandates the VA to issue reports on service and accessibility, including reports on nurse staffing, fraud prevention efforts, and the activities of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower protection. Rose’s VA Reporting Transparency Act, which he introduced with Congressman Gil Cisneros of California, a Navy veteran and fellow member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, would require these Congressionally-mandated reports to be made available on VA’s website (after redactions), and mandates VA provide Congress with a list of reports that are no longer useful, in an attempt to improve efficiency for both Members and VA.
Rose has made fighting for veterans and expanding access to health care and transportation services a top priority. With the support of the VA, the House of Representatives passed Rose’s FIGHT Veterans Suicide Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at stemming the public health crisis of veteran suicides on VA campuses. Rose also secured language in the Department of Defense funding bill to change a policy that causes servicemembers and veterans on Staten Island to receive hundreds of dollars less per month for housing than the other four boroughs
Following feedback from local veterans concerned with a lack of transportation options to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) appointments, Rose helped secure language in the VA funding bill to prioritize transportation assistance for veterans. Additionally, earlier this year, Rose successfully passed an amendment to the Veterans Access to Child Care Act to expand childcare coverage from the VA to apply to veterans seeking treatment for addiction.