Who is the New House Veterans Committee Chair?
With a new Congress and a shift in party rule come new committee leadership roles and a new House Veterans Committee Chair.
The most consequential government committee for veterans is, of course, the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs. The Committee on Veterans affairs oversees nearly all aspects of legislation concerning America’s veterans. Issues such as veterans healthcare, education, life insurance and home loans are under the jurisdiction of the Committee. The Committee also serves as the congressional watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In short, the Committee on Veterans Affairs serves as the voice of America’s veterans in Congress.
Here is a look at the two new heads of these critical committees.
House Committee on Veterans Affairs
Representative Mark Tanako is the new Chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The California Democrat will lead the most consequential committee concerning American veterans. In a statement following his election to the post of Chairman, Rep. Tanako made clear his intentions are to continue bipartisanship on the committee.
“Our Committee’s commitment to bipartisanship has helped protect VA whistleblowers and student veterans, expand earned benefits, and improve access to care. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to further reject ideological agendas, and continue placing our service to veterans above ourselves and fulfill our promise to our nation’s veterans.”
Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia will continue to lead the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs in the new Congress. Isakson has extensive experience in veterans affairs, having served on the committee since 2005. “There is no greater calling for us in Congress than to bring value back to the VA and our veterans,” says Isakson. “I look forward to leading the charge in the Senate to fix the VA’s problems and to help instill a system of success and accountability for the future.
We certainly wish Rep. Tanako and Sen. Isakson the best as they represent the interests of veterans on their respective committees. We can all agree that partisanship has no place in the discussion when it comes to America’s veterans.
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