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These senators just gave the Veterans Affairs secretary a deadline for answering reform-focused questions

A dozen U.S. senators over the weekend requested President Obama’s Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald answer by Nov. 14 four questions about what, if anything, the department has done to address inter-office corruption that led to the falsification of veteran wait-times. “The GAO report states that the VA needs a new comprehensive scheduling plan to ensure that checks and balances are in place so no one can manipulate the current scheduling system. What measures have you put in place to stop manipulation of veterans’ appointment records? What is the timeframe for a new scheduling system?” read the letter. The request comes on the ...

New York congressman rips into VA over veteran’s benefits denial

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) this week requested Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald issue an apology after his deputy undersecretary for field operations, Beth McCoy, in a House Committee on Veteran Affairs’ subcommittee hearing refused to acknowledge the military service of a veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was wrongfully denied Veterans Affairs benefits. The Daily Caller has the scoop: [Veteran John Mitchell] applied for special monthly compensation owed to vets who have TBI, and Mitchell’s physician supplied all the requisite information to the VA, but the VA refused to take that information into consideration when ...

Veterans Affairs secretary: ‘When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line or what’s important?’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald Monday apparently downplayed the severity of the wait-list scandals that have plagued the department, left veterans without timely care and, in some cases, been the difference between life and death – a metric, the secretary implied, that should be trashed altogether. The Washington Examiner has the details: "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is, what's your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is ...

Tea Party Patriots: Offensive comments by VA Secretary proves how “out-of-touch” the Obama Administration is with our veterans

ATLANTA, Ga – Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to comments made by Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald comparing the length of time veterans wait for health care to the length of time people wait in line at Disneyland. “Today’s comment by President Obama’s Veterans’ Affairs Secretary that VA shouldn’t be judged on the amount of time veterans wait to receive care because Disney doesn’t use wait times as a metric in its amusement parks shows just how out-of-touch the Obama Administration is with the needs of veterans, and anyone who can't see the difference ...

Former Veterans Affairs director pleads guilty to felony

  Sharon Helman, former director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, Tuesday pleaded guilty to a felony for hiding gifts from a lobbyist. The Daily Caller has the scoop:   The charge of filing a false financial disclosure carried up to five years in prison. Federal prosecutors said she took a car, cash, and a trip to Disneyland from a lobbyist and contractor seeking business at the hospital, and lied about the gifts, which were valued in excess of $50,000. Helman presided over a government hospital that systematically falsified data on how long veterans had to wait to see a doctor. The false data was used to insure that ...

News Briefing for May 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights (Op-ed) “Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a seismic shift in the U.S. Congress. As the Senate deadlocked over what to do about several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, it became clear that political momentum had moved away from surveillance and secrecy toward freedom and privacy….” http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0529-abdo-martin-nsa-20150529-story.html ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance “It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, May 13

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP SENATORS’ PRO-CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION FROM OBAMACARE CRUSADE DRAWS SCORN – FROM AMERICA (Jenny Beth Op-Ed) “Pity poor Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)40% And Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)45% And Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)14% , Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)32%, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)42% , Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)58%, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)51%, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)49% , and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% , and at least three other GOP Senators too timid to allow a reporter to quote them by name as they disparaged a fellow Republican. Bless their hearts, they apparently haven’t had time to read a law that was enacted more than five years ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 5

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare exchanges are not cheap to build or run “In its next Obamacare-related decision, the Supreme Court will decide whether employers in states that chose not to establish their own Obamacare exchanges can be forced to pay penalties for not offering insurance the government deems acceptable. The case is somewhat complicated and based on textual questions and legislative history. But if the court rules that the phrase "established by the state" means what it looks like it means, this will bring a small dose of chaos to up to 37 states that now rely on the federal exchange — the infamoushealthcare.gov. A majority of those who ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Has the GOP Lost Its Budget Soul? (Interview with Jenny Beth Martin) http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4205023771001/neils-spiel-republicans-losing-their-budget-soul/#sp=show-clips   The Conservative Populist Breakout “…Grassroots activists: the unsung heroes of the populist right: An absolutely crucial (in some ways, the most important) part of the emerging conservative populist coalition is the committed citizens who spend hours directly contacting their elected representatives. A large number of Republicans in Congress are on the fence on immigration and will listen carefully to their most determined ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 Lois Lerner emails “…However, one staffer familiar with the investigation, said the emails were from 2004 through 2013, with the bulk coming from 2012. About 650 are from 2010 and 2011, when the alleged IRS targeting began. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…...