Too often I hear from veterans across Eastern Washington who wait weeks – or sometimes even months – to hear back from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after they submit a complaint. These delays are a direct result of an outdated system that only allows patient advocates, not veterans, to track the claim as it moves through the system.
This makes no sense, which is why I helped introduce the Veterans Patient Advocacy Act this week to empower veterans. Our bill is simple – it creates an online portal where veterans can easily submit complaints and track their status, giving them more control over their health care.
Veterans deserve transparency and answers from the VA. My hope is that this bill will help us take an important first step towards increasing accountability at the VA and creating a system that meets the needs of our veterans.
As a warrior for human dignity and human value, I will always stand up against violence, especially violence for the purpose of oppressing people. That’s why in 2018, I helped pass a bill called the POWER Act to combat domestic violence and sexual assault by encouraging lawyers across the country to offer pro bono legal […]
When I was growing up, I remember my mom telling me I could be anything I wanted to be. She inspired me to be bold and chase my dreams, which is exactly what I tell my two young girls at home. If their mom – a little girl from Kettle Falls – could grow up […]
Supporting Mothers and Children at Every Stage of Life
Earlier today, I was proud to honor the legacy of my dear friend and colleague, the late Representative Jackie Walorski, by helping pass legislation we worked on together to support women and children at every stage of life. The bill is called the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act, and it reauthorizes […]