Kiggans to Chair House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
WASHINGTON, DC: Today, Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (VA-02) released the following statement after being selected to chair the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations. The Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations has passed legislation to stop wasteful supply chain practices and increase the transparency of COVID-19 supplemental funding, conducted rigorous oversight of VA leadership and major programs, and traveled around the country visiting VA medical facilities and hearing from frontline employees and the patients they serve. Congresswoman Kiggans was also selected to serve on the Subcommittee on Health.
“It’s a great honor to Chair the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee,” said Congresswoman Kiggans. “As a veteran myself, I’m well aware of the challenges that our nation’s heroes face once they complete their service; I look forward ensuring that they’re receiving the best possible care from a VA that puts their needs first. I deeply appreciate Chairman Bost’s faith in me and can’t wait to get to work!”
“It is great to see a veteran and active member of The American Legion be named as Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations,” said Frederic M. Kinkin, Commander, American Legion 2nd District, Department of Virginia. “Congresswoman Kiggans’ uncompromising commitment to veterans in the Hampton Roads area is greatly appreciated and can now benefit veterans nationwide.”
“I am proud to announce that over half of our subcommittee chairs for this Congress are veterans themselves. We have a big agenda ahead of us, but I know these men and women are up to the task. They bring a wealth of real-life experience and a passion for serving those who have worn the uniform to the table. These new and returning legislators know firsthand what it’s like to navigate the VA bureaucracy; start a veteran-owned small business; transition out of the military; and use VA care. With our subcommittee chairs in place, we are ready to hit the ground running for veterans and their families to improve the delivery of care and services at VA,” said Chairman Bost.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest agencies in the federal government with an annual budget of over $300 Billion, second only to the Department of Defense. The VA employs nearly 375,000 full time employees and has tens of millions of our nation’s veterans relying on them for healthcare and benefits; as such, rigorous Congressional oversight is needed to ensure that they meet the needs of today’s diverse veteran population.