JONES VOTES TO ADDRESS VA CLAIMS BACKLOG

October 28, 2013
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Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2189 – a bill cosponsored by Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) that would address the backlog of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims. According to the Government Accountability Office, the number of claims awaiting a decision for over 125 days more than tripled between 2009 and 2012, while the average length of time to complete a claim also increased from 161 days in 2009 to 260 days in 2012.

To remedy these situations, H.R. 2189 would create a special 15-member panel to study the backlog and offer solutions. Furthermore, the legislation would require the VA to take certain steps to expedite claims processing – such as prioritizing the claims of certain groups of veterans, entering into agreements with other agencies for the efficient transfer of disability or medical records, and increasing the use of contract physicians for medical examinations.

“The men and women in uniform defending our freedom deserve to be treated with the highest standard of care,” said Congressman Jones. “We must keep our promises to the individuals who have risked life and limb for our country – and we must do so in a timely fashion. After all our veterans have sacrificed for us, we need to be sure that the VA is working for them.”

 

 

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JONES HONORS VICTIMS OF BEIRUT BOMBING ON HOUSE FLOOR

October 23, 2013
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Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in remembrance of the bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 23, 1983.  The attack claimed the lives of 241 Americans and wounded an additional 128.  Many of the victims were assigned to the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit deployed out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, which is located in Congressman Jones’ district.

“It is only appropriate that on the thirtieth anniversary of this act of terrorism, we recognize the courageous sacrifice of the individuals who lost their lives,” said Congressman Jones.  “Furthermore, we join with the family and friends of the victims in mourning for their loss.”

 

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JONES CALLS FOR DHHS SECRETARY’S RESIGNATION

October 23, 2013
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Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) joined a coalition of House members in calling for the resignation of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Congressman Jones and his colleagues pointed out that despite the fact that the DHHS has had several years to prepare for Obamacare’s implementation, the rollout of the Health Insurance Marketplace over the past three weeks has been riddled with serious errors. Specifically, the web site HealthCare.gov – which cost taxpayers 400 million dollars to create – was not adequately tested for data security or for the ability to handle a large number of requests. The letter calls for the president to both request Secretary Sebelius’ resignation and delay the implementation of Obamacare as a result of these problems.

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JONES VOTES AGAINST BILL THAT THREATENS ENC WATERWAYS

October 23, 2013
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Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA).  The bill would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend over seven billion dollars on construction of 23 new water infrastructure projects, despite the fact that the Corps does not have enough money to maintain existing projects or to construct the over 60 billion dollars in projects that Congress has already authorized in prior legislation. 

The bill also contained two provisions that could harm Eastern North Carolina in the future.  One would set up a process that would likely result in deauthorization of the Oregon Inlet jetty project.  The second could limit the ability of states like North Carolina to contribute funds to the Corps for dredging of coastal inlets.   

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JONES VOTES AGAINST PROPOSAL TO RAISE DEBT CEILING

October 16, 2013
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Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against the Senate proposal that would raise the debt ceiling until February and continue funding the government until January, but would allow Obamacare to remain intact and do nothing to cut spending. He issued the following statement on his vote:

“As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I cannot in good conscience support a piece of legislation that does absolutely nothing to address the most pressing issue facing our country – out of control spending,” said Congressman Jones. “While I support the effort to reopen the government, the last thing Washington needs is permission to continue its reckless spending habits when the national debt is an astonishing 17 trillion dollars. Borrowing another roughly 230 billion dollars from the Chinese and other foreign governments – only to funnel much of it back overseas to the war in Afghanistan and other foreign aid projects – is the wrong choice for our country.”

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