Braley Skipped VA Hearing Regarding Backlogged Disability Claims

Congressman Skipped 78 Percent Of His VA Committee Hearings

DES MOINES – With the Cedar Rapids Gazette reporting that liberal Washington Congressman Bruce Braley skipped 78 percent of his full committee hearings while on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the Republican Party of Iowa is reminding veterans that his absence included an important hearing that examined the backlog of disability claims within the agency.

“Washington liberal Bruce Braley had the chance to pro-actively address the backlog of disability claims within the VA but decided to skip the hearing,” said Iowa Republican Party spokesman Jahan Wilcox.  “With an absentee rate of 78 percent on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, it’s clear Braley thinks his time is better spent pushing Barack Obama’s job-killing agenda than ensuring that our veterans receive proper care from the VA.”

BACKGROUND …

Bruce Braley Skipped 78 Percent Of His Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings.  “In fact, we found Braley missed 78 percent of the full hearings in 2011 and 2012.”  (FACT CHECK: Iowa GOP claims Braley missed most of Veterans’ Affairs hearings, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 07/19/14)

On September 20, 2012 Bruce Braley Skipped A Full Committee Hearing Regarding The VA’s Performance And Accountability.  “The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:19 a.m., in Room 334, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Jeff Miller [Chairman of the Committee] presiding. Present: Representatives Miller, Roe, Stutzman, Flores, Johnson, Runyan, Benishek, Huelskamp, Turner, Brown, Michaud, McNerney, Walz, and Barrow.  The Chairman. The Committee will come to order.  Thank you, everybody, for being here for today’s Full Committee hearing entitled Veterans Affairs in the 112th  Congress: Reviewing VA’s Performance and Accountability.”  (Veterans Affairs In The 112th Congress: Reviewing VA’s Performance And Accountability, U.S. Government Printing Office, Accessed 07/21/14)