Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


May 15, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies expressed outrage at the allegations levied against the Department of Veterans Affairs claiming that administrative cost-cutting led to denials in service to veterans:

“First off, it is indisputable that the VA has been provided ample resources to cover the needs for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Even during these times of austerity the VA has seen healthy increases in its funding for the care of our Veterans. Frankly, I do not know who, or what, is at fault for these grave allegations, however, I believe that it is a duty of Congress to ensure that no one betrays the sacred trust owed to our Veterans. If the Inspector General finds that VA personnel are guilty of systemic negligence and oversight malfeasance I expect strong and swift action to rectify the problem! In the meantime our subcommittee must monitor this situation closely and await the results of the forthcoming Inspector General Investigation.  However, immediate steps must be taken to assure that no veteran is currently being victimized by any such policy of denial of appropriate diagnostic tests nor delays in scheduling of appointments.”