Connect with us

Legislative Update

Warner meets with VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie

Published

on

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) met with Robert Wilkie, President Trump’s nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). During the meeting, Sen. Warner and Wilkie discussed the need to reform the VA without privatizing the system, improve care for veterans at VA facilities, and continue reducing wait times for veteran patients.

 “The VA’s mission is one of the most important, and difficult jobs of all of our federal agencies,” said Sen. Warner. “As VA Secretary, Mr. Wilkie’s leadership will be essential in continuing to reform and strengthen the VA to ensure that it provides the very best care to our veterans.”

 Virginia is home to three VA medical centers that serve the Commonwealth’s veteran population: McGuire VA Medical Center (Richmond), Hampton VA Medical Center, and Salem VA Medical Center.

In the Senate, Sen. Warner spearheaded a bipartisan effort to approve overdue VA medical leases, including two new outpatient clinics in Hampton Roads and Fredericksburg, a measure which Congress approved last year. He also led a legislative effort to restore tax payments to combat-injured veterans, which resulted in more than 133,000 notifications sent to veterans by the Department of Defense (DoD). Recently, he pressed the VA on critical failures that have endangered veterans at the D.C. Medical Center and the quality of care at nursing homes in Virginia and across the country.

 Mr. Wilkie, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, currently serves as the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, a position he was nominated to by President Trump and approved unanimously by the Senate. Wilkie previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs under Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld. He also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs and as Senior Director of the National Security Council under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In the Senate, he served as an aide to Sens. Jesse Helms (R-NC), Trent Lott (R-MS), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

President Trump nominated Mr. Wilkie to serve as his next VA Secretary in May, a position that at the time he was filling temporarily following the firing of former VA Secretary David Shulkin. Last month, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing to consider Mr. Wilkie’s nomination and a vote by the full committee is expected later today. It is not clear when the full Senate will vote on his confirmation.

King Cartoons

Upcoming Events

Jul
11
Wed
6:00 pm Fireman’s Carnival @ Bing Crosby Stadium
Fireman’s Carnival @ Bing Crosby Stadium
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 11:00 pm
Fireman's Carnival @ Bing Crosby Stadium
Fireman’s Carnival: July 11-21. Games, Rides, Fun and Food! Don’t miss the famous Fireman’s Relish! Ten nights of Bingo at Carnival for Prizes. • Fireman’s Parade: Wednesday, July 18th • Fireworks: Thursday, July 19th
Jul
12
Thu
10:00 am FRSA Soccer Registration @ Front Royal Soccer Association
FRSA Soccer Registration @ Front Royal Soccer Association
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm
FRSA Soccer Registration @ Front Royal Soccer Association
The 36th year of Front Royal soccer is about to begin, and FRSA Soccer Registration has been extended to Tuesday, July 24th! Soccer season starts September 8th and plays through November 3rd. Come join the[...]
Jul
18
Wed
6:00 pm Figure Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
Figure Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Figure Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
All drawing levels welcome. Learn to draw from a live model in ballet attire with artist and instructor Michael Budzisz. Sessions will include gesture drawings, short and long poses. All dry mediums welcome. Bring your[...]
6:00 pm Fireman’s Parade @ The Bypass
Fireman’s Parade @ The Bypass
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fireman's Parade @ The Bypass
Fireman’s Carnival: July 11-21. Games, Rides, Fun and Food! Don’t miss the famous Fireman’s Relish! Ten nights of Bingo at Carnival for Prizes. • Fireman’s Parade: Wednesday, July 18th • Fireworks: Thursday, July 19th
Jul
19
Thu
8:00 pm Gazebo Flix @ Village Commons
Gazebo Flix @ Village Commons
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gazebo Flix @ Village Commons
Family-oriented movies shown outside. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy! Movie starts at dusk. MOVIE SCHEDULE: June 7th – Jumanji  (sponsored by MetroPCS) June 14th – Frozen  (sponsored by Aire Serv Heating & Cooling) June[...]