Gardner Statement on VA Secretary Confirmation

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Robert Wilkie to serve as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

“Our veterans deserve a healthcare system that will make certain that they are getting the best care possible, but that won’t be possible unless the VA continues to reform the way it does business,” said Senator Gardner.  “Patients must have access to timely care, even if that means seeing a doctor outside of a VA medical facility.”

“This past weekend, I was honored to attend the ribbon cutting for the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora. The failures in the construction of this facility are well-documented and represent a dark chapter in the VA’s history - I have made it clear to Mr. Wilkie that the VA’s past errors are to never be repeated. I look forward to continuing to work with the VA and Mr. Wilkie to make sure that the federal government is doing everything it can to treat those who have served our country with honor.”