- July 28, 2014
-- Marihelen Wheeler, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress, praised the work done by a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives to reform the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) health care system and said she hopes the bill will be sent for President Obama’s signature before they all head home for the August recess.
“This is how our system is supposed to work. Rather than continue to use our veterans as political pawns, members of both parties and chambers of Congress worked together to reform this vital yet broken system,” Wheeler said in a statement. “The issues we face now are too big to rule out ideas just because they come from the other side of the political aisle. Too often it seems as if people in Washington only listen to people in their own party. It is encouraging to see members come together to help veterans who deserve the best care we can give. I applaud Senator Bernie Sanders and fellow Floridian, Congressman Jeff Miller for their hard work.”
The ”Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 1982, https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill...
) would improve VA health and dental care, provide funding for educational programs and help veterans find work. The bill has broad support from veterans’ groups. The legislation must still be approved by the full House and Senate.
Marihelen Wheeler is a Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives from Florida's third Congressional District. She is a long time teacher and human rights/environmental activist. She lives in Gainesville with her husband, Dr. Paul Wheeler.