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Washington, D.C. - Last week, Representative Scott Taylor sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, concerning the widespread discrepancies in scheduling data for appointments at the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC). According to the VA Inspector General (IG), miscalculations of this magnitude mask the actual demand for care and prevent veterans from receiving private sector treatment under the VA Choice program.
Washington, D.C. – Early this morning, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill that extends government funding through March 23rd and reverses the defense sequester. The spending agreement lifts the caps on defense spending through Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and increases total defense funding to $700 billion for FY 18 and matches the President’s request for FY 19. Also included in the bill are increases in non-defense level spending and emergency funding for disasters caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the California wildfires.
Today Rep. Scott Taylor announced that as long as the government remained shutdown he will donate his daily salary to military and veterans' charities.
Rep. Taylor stated: "I refuse to accept any pay when our military, first responders, and other people in our district are facing uncertainty for themselves and their families. I have voted to fund our government and our military and implore the senate to do the same. That is why I will be donating my pay to military and veterans' charities until we fund our government."
Virginia Beach, VA - Today, Congressman Scott Taylor joined the Women in Defense of Greater Hampton Roads (WIDGHR) to speak at their annual Professional Development Day. Congressman Taylor provided a legislative update to their membership and discussed the role of female leadership in military service and contracting.
Our office is currently waiting for the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide information requested on this issue. I am troubled that they seemed to be unaware of this potential policy change and how it was made public. I understand the DoD is in the middle of a review of relevant policies and I believe this ban is premature. There are heroic military members willing to put their lives on the line and give the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, regardless of their gender identity.
Washington, D.C. - The Association of the United States Navy has endorsed Congressman Scott Taylor’s VA Senior Executive Accountability (SEA) Act. “Thank you for taking an active role in such an important issue to the Military and Veteran community by working to improve the lives and careers of those who served our great nation,” said Michael Little, Director of Legislative Affairs.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives, with the support of Congressman Taylor, voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. The NDAA authorizes funding to equip, supply, and train troops, and provide for military families. Included in the bill was an amendment offered by Representative Taylor.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Taylor announced his co-sponsorship of H.R. 282, the Military Residency Choice Act, introduced by Representative Elise Stefanik. This legislation amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to authorize spouses of servicemembers to elect to use the same residences as the servicemembers.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Taylor voted in support of H.R. 2372, the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERANS) Act. This legislation allows veterans who are eligible for, but do not elect to be covered by, certain Veterans Affairs health programs to qualify for current law premium assistance tax credits. The bill also amends the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to provide the same rule with respect to the new credit for the purchase of health insurance.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor voted in support of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation would institute long-needed reforms at the VA by granting the Secretary authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, for performance or misconduct. Additionally, it provides protections for whistleblowers, and gives the Secretary the ability to reduce federal pensions or recoup bonuses for employees. Similar legislation, H.R.