July 21, 2015 | Press Release


Tim Walz has proven again that his support for Vets ends at the point Democrat politics begins.

Last week Walz voted against H.R. 1994, the “VA Accountability Act of 2015,” a government reform bill to permit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expeditiously remove or demote civil servants for incompetence or misconduct.  Walz’s anti-veteran vote was cast during a July 15th House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs markup session.

It is instructive to observe the reaction to this much-needed legislation.  The American Federation of Government Employees, a government union that has contributed $14,000 to Walz’s campaign, applauded Tim’s “NO” vote.  Meanwhile, veteran’s organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, among numerous others, decried Walz’s anti-veteran stance.

“Tim Walz has irresponsibly placed the interests of VA bureaucrats and federal union bosses ahead of America’s veterans,” charged 1st District GOP congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn.

“One year ago, in the midst of the VA waiting list scandal, Rep. Walz toured several Minnesota VA facilities and angrily promised that ‘those responsible will be held accountable,’” Hagedorn said.  “Clearly, Walz’s loyalty to government unions and campaign contributors has trumped his ‘outrage’ over VA mismanagement and the dire need to clean up the department.”

“For almost 10 years Tim Walz has served on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” said Hagedorn.  “Yet, veterans are worse off today than when Walz was first elected in 2006. Veterans continue to be routinely denied timely, quality medical care and many veterans are forced to fight the VA bureaucracy for 6 months or more to receive approval for benefits.”

Hagedorn said veterans deserve national leaders who will fight the D.C. insiders and status quo to put partisan politics aside and work on behalf of those who have served their country.

“My proposal is to empower all veterans to choose their own doctors and receive the timely and quality medical care of their choice.  I propose that veterans receive the same level of private health insurance and medical care enjoyed by Tim Walz and the rest of Congress,” he said. “It’s past time to start providing those who have served our country the best medical care available from the nation they so ably defended.”