On May 22, 2014 Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the VA:
“Mr. Speaker, what is taking place today in America’s Veterans Administration may be the most egregious case of friendly fire in the history of the United States of America.
This harm to our veterans from our team is coming not from firearms, but from an enormous bureaucracy that is incapable of dealing with providing health care to our Nation’s warriors. It is unacceptable.
Words alone, Mr. President, I have to say, are not enough. We need action, not anger. We need results. We need delivery of health care to our warriors now, and whether that health care comes from inside the Veterans Administration or from outside, we need to get folks off our waiting lists, out of lines, and in to see doctors and folks who are prepared to take care of them.
The sacrifices these men and women made are enormous. As a veteran, I certainly understand that.
As a Member of Congress, I understand that it is my responsibility to make sure we fix this challenge, this bureaucratic mess that our Nation has put these veterans in now for years and years.
As we approach Memorial Day, we need to all take this seriously. I would urge this House to continue to work to perform its function of oversight and to correct this most egregious situation and get these veterans the care that they need”, said Pompeo (Source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/).