Thursday, March 10, 2016

Oh Happy Day! Jeff Miller Retirement Announced

Considering how long he has been in office, can't say I'm sad to see him retire especially when he doesn't seem to feel obligated to explain how all these years of hearing what has been happening to our veterans has been repeated over and over and over again!
Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald on the Announced Retirement of House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller
03/10/2016 03:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON – Today Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the following on the retirement of House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller.

“Today I called Chairman Miller to congratulate and thank him for his 15 years of distinguished service as a Member of Congress, and his five years of determined leadership as Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

“We talked about how much we can accomplish through the end of this year to leave in place necessary changes that will improve the delivery of care and benefits from VA to Veterans and their families. I look forward to that joint effort.

“Over the past two years, working together, I feel we have made a positive difference in the lives of millions of Veterans. I’m proud to be his partner in this effort and to call him a friend. I wish Jeff, his wife Vicki and their entire family all the best.”

He must have forgotten that Congress has jurisdiction over the VA,,,,but then again, they all forgot that part.

Fla. GOP Rep. Jeff Miller to Retire After 8 Terms
ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON
By ANDREW TAYLOR
Mar 10, 2016

Eight-term Florida Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, on Thursday announced his retirement from the House at the end of the current term.

"We knew there would come a day when it would be time to pass the torch," Miller said in a statement. "That day has come."

Miller has generally avoided the limelight during his House career, but he was catapulted two years ago into a high-pressure negotiation with Sen. Bernie Sanders over legislation to improve the veterans' health care system in the wake of a scandal over dangerously long wait times for patients and falsified records that covered up those delays.

The odd couple of Miller, who represents a conservative district in Florida's Panhandle, and the liberal Sanders ultimately produced a $16 billion agreement after weeks of sometimes testy talks. Sanders, then-chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, is running an unexpectedly strong race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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