WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in support of passage of S. 2372, the VA Mission Act of 2018. The bill, which passed in the House of Representatives last week and the Senate today by a vote of 92-5, will now head to the President’s desk for his signature.
“I am honored to support this milestone legislation that prioritizes brave veterans in Alabama and across the nation,” said Senator Shelby. “This bicameral, bipartisan bill provides veterans with necessary access to efficient, timely, and quality health care services. As Members of Congress, it is our job to ensure the proper care of those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms.”
The legislation – which puts the needs of veterans first by giving them the option of seeking care when and where it makes the most sense for their needs – combines provisions from fifteen different Senate-introduced bills, building upon the success of the Veterans Choice Act.
The bill was named after U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), the late Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), and U.S. Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) to recognize them for their impact and service.