IN THE MIDST OF THE STATE DINNER LAST NIGHT, CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O SUMMONED THESE REPORTERS TO THE OVAL OFFICE TO SHARE A LAMENT.
"GENTLEMEN," BARRY O BEGAN, "I HAVE A STALKER."
BARRY O WENT ON TO LAMENT THE FACT THAT HIS FORMER WHATEVER JEREMIAH WRIGHT "JUST WON'T GO AWAY. HE IS OBSESSED. IT'S LIKE I'M BEYONCE IN THAT FATAL ATTRACTION RIP-OFF MOVIE. ONLY CUTER BECAUSE, WELL, LET'S FACE, I AM. BUT HE JUST WON'T GO AWAY. HE JUST WON'T STOP TALKING ABOUT ME. HE IS LIKE MY KEVIN FEDERLINE, MY MICHAEL LOHAN, MY JESSE JAMES!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Thomas Pamperin: Benefits that are currently being delivered that might be taken away?
Senator Scott Brown: Right. Things that we -- that you're saying, "You know what? We got to keep our eye on this."
Thomas Pamperin: Uh - uh, we'd be glad to - to give you a more extensive response in - in the future. Uh . . . My - my concern is that the nation clearly --
Senator Scott Brown: Can I interrupt just for a second?
Ranking Member Richard Burr: Can anybody tell me when the Committee would be wise to expect legislation to come from the VA?
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) held a hearing today to review pending veterans' benefits and health care legislation. The Committee questioned witnesses and reviewed 20 bills in preparation for later legislative action.
"The bills before us represent a sincere effort to improve the care and benefits veterans receive. I will work with my colleagues on developing a package of legislation that can move forward," said Akaka.
The Committee heard from the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Labor (DOL), as well as representatives from leading veterans service organizations, on legislation to improve veteran employment, telehealth services, and VA outreach. Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Ray Jefferson described several veterans' employment initiatives currently underway at DOL. The Committee also reviewed four technical bills Akaka introduced to help veterans and their survivors, based on Committee oversight of the VA disability compensation system.
Chairman Akaka's full statement, as well as written testimony from today's witnesses, and a webcast, is available at veterans.senate.gov. To view the agenda, including a list of the bills reviewed today, please click here: LINK.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation last night to clarify that VA health care programs can meet the minimum coverage standard required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This includes the health care VA provides to children with House of Representatives last week, and now awaits the President's consideration. born to veterans of the Vietnam War, to some veterans who served in Korea during specified times, and to children of women with certain . The bill passed the
"This bill gives the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the authority to ensure that veterans' family members who receive health care from VA will meet the law's requirement," said Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), author of the Senate bill.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, individuals must hold a minimum level of health care coverage. The bill passed last night, H.R. 5014, would provide the VA Secretary with the authority to designate VA health care programs as meeting the minimum standard.
The original clarification bill authored by Akaka, S. 3162, was approved in the Senate on March 26. H.R. 5014 is the House companion to Akaka's bill.
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