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May 22nd, 2014
09:38 PM ET

Rep. Cole: Administration caught napping

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) says the Obama Administration was caught napping with regards to the recent VA scandal

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  1. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Our veterans need to have access to private hospitals, whenever they need need it because the VA hospitals are normally backed up, full of red tape and the quality of the care usually does not compare to the private facilities.

    Seems like we give better care to uninsured illegal aliens in this country than we give to our own veterans.

    We should be taking care of our American veterans before we worry about doing anything for the illegal aliens who should not even be in our country in the first place.

    Hey – And how about hiring some of our unemployed veterans as additional border patrol officers, ICE and INS agents? Cause Lord knows, we need to do a better job of protecting our southern border and getting control of our illegal alien problem.

    May 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  2. timelord7202


    But were Republican politicians napping when Bush kept cutting veterans' benefits?

    May 26, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • bisusinha

      An excellent question to the GOPs. (GOP = GRREDY OPPRESSIVE PEOPLE).

      May 27, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • Angelfish

        The Bush Record from the White House archives:

        "Dramatically Increased Funding To Support And Care For Those Who Have Served Our Nation

        Increased funding for veterans' medical care by more than 115 percent since 2001.
        FY 2009 funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) totals more than $97 billion, nearly double the level of funding when the President took office and the highest level of support for veterans in history.
        Provided more than $6 billion to modernize and expand VA medical facilities and more than $1 billion over the past three years to support traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and research.
        Honored our veterans with a hallowed, final resting place by implementing and fully funding the largest expansion in the national cemetery system since the Civil War.
        Improved Care And Services For Wounded Warriors

        Created the Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors – co-chaired by former Senator Bob Dole and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala – to ensure that wounded service members and veterans receive quality care and services and can live lives of hope, promise, and dignity. Nearly all of the Commission's recommendations have already been implemented, such as:
        Expanded training, screening, and staff resources to help service members and veterans suffering from mental health disorders.
        Created a joint Recovery Coordinator Program for seriously injured service members.
        Initiated a pilot program to replace the cumbersome system of two separate disability examinations with a single, comprehensive medical exam.
        Established a Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and expanded VA's polytrauma system of care to 21 network sites and clinic support teams to provide state-of-the-art treatment to injured veterans at facilities closer to their homes.
        Ensured Those Who Have Served Our Country Receive The Benefits They Deserve

        Called for and signed a GI Bill for the 21st century, which expanded education benefits for service members and veterans and made it easier for those who defend our Nation to transfer unused education benefits to their spouses or children.
        Increased career counseling services for returning veterans, particularly those wounded in combat.
        Signed legislation that increased from two to five years a combat veteran's eligibility to enroll for lifetime VA medical care and allowed family members of injured service members to take additional time away from their jobs to care for their loved ones.
        Signed legislation to ensure military retirees with severe disabilities receive both their military retired pay and their VA disability compensation.
        Helped more than 1.9 million veterans enroll in the VA health care system since 2001.
        Reduced the average length of time to process a veteran's disability claim to under 180 days, down from 230 days when the President took office.
        Worked To Decrease The Number Of Homeless Veterans

        Expanded Federal grants and worked extensively with faith-based and community organizations to help homeless veterans.
        Cut the number of homeless veterans by nearly 40 percent from 2001 to 2007."

        May 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
      • Angelfish

        Oh, don't forget – Lib = lying, incompetent buffoon.

        May 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm |
    • david saint

      dont forget the conditions at Walter Reed in 06! the GOP can try to play innocent, but this is something that falls on both parties..

      May 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  3. jboh

    Which of the last 40+ administrations were "napping". Common Core will make kids gay? Where do TEA/GOP find fools/liars like these?

    May 26, 2014 at 8:18 am | Reply
  4. MiketheVeteran

    VA's problems start with congress. Congress pushes for numbers, VA mgmt. therefore pushes and prods employees to complete cases (employees are held to very high unrealistic production or Veteran serviced number) and therefore creates poor case mgmt. and poor benefits case handling. Simple as that.

    May 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  5. a o

    Common Core may not make you gay but it certainly kills braincells on par with the teletubbies.

    May 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  6. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Caught napping? By whom? The snoring Republicans in Congress? Rep. Cole has no sense of decorum.

    May 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  7. 2_indy1600

    Bill Clinton sought to reorganize the VA and failed miserably. Bush was hit by 9-11 and pushed beyond anything he was ready to handle. Obama took Shinseki out of retirement AND Hawaii, the vet's healthcare gets worse and worse with every decade. Blame both parties, but I find when a really big screw up in personnel comes along, it usually comes through Bill Clinton, along with most of the corruption. IMHO.

    May 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  8. Anthony

    So, why didn't Congress spend at least some time on the oversight of the VA, instead of going over Benghazi for the umpteenth time?

    May 23, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
  9. Donna

    The lady here on Crossfire, S.E.Cupp? I hope I'm right but can't be sure. Anyway, just an observation. Please refrain from talking over Speaker Gingrich from now on. He's highly respected by many and we'd like to see you show the same respect. I would actually love to hear him talking most of the time because he, unlike many on that show, is brilliant!! So, just wanting to let you know this.... and to anyone else who does this, please let Speaker Gingrich do the main talking points. It's much better this way. Thank you and looking forward to more shows!

    May 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • jdw62305

      That is Stephanie Cutter

      May 27, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • kurt

      Newt is fairly intelligent and very cunning... but brilliant?

      He was a professor at West Georgia who was denied/didn't apply for tenure. Academically... he was averge. His historical knowledge isn't all that spectacular and he often forgets/leaves out important historical facts when using history as an example to prove a point.

      He's politically cunning, but it's very difficult to classify him as brilliant. Half the politicians in the house and senate are on a similar or higher level.

      May 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply

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