WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today applauded bipartisan passage of H.R. 280 and H.R. 294, initiatives to deliver more accountability and better care for the nation’s veterans:

“Dozens of our veterans died waiting for care, and the VA has no way to go after bonuses collected by bureaucrats who fell down on the job.  That has to change – and quickly.  Meanwhile, we must continue doing all we can to deliver the 21st-century health care system our veterans deserve.  That’s why the House has also acted to expand the options available for addressing the long-term care needs of our veterans.  Americans want to see a long-term commitment to fixing the VA, and Chairman Miller and his committee continue to lead the way.”

The two bills passed today include H.R.  280, giving the VA Secretary complete authority to recoup for cause bonuses paid to VA employees, and H.R. 294, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, which authorizes the VA to provide long-term care for veterans through medical foster homes.  The average cost of a medical foster home is approximately half the cost of a nursing home.

These votes follow enactment of H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation that will help more veterans get access to mental health care resources.