In a June 6 email, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester bragged: "Today President Trump signed into law my bipartisan bill." He further stated that “as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I wrote the VA Mission Act with Republican Chairman Johnny Isakson.”
The VA Mission Act of 2018, also known as the “John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018,” was introduced in Congress by Sen. John Isakson, R-Georgia, in February with 10 cosponsors, including Tester, D-Montana, and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana.
The bill incorporates language from seven other Senate bills, none of which were introduced by Tester, and six House of Representatives resolutions, all of which were introduced since the 2016 election.
During the eight years of the Obama administration, Tester sat silently on the Veterans Affairs Committee while veterans were dying waiting for essential treatment from a corrupt VA medical system.
By signing the VA Mission Act of 2018 and firing the inept VA secretary, President Donald Trump has initiated a new era of improved veterans health care. It is inaccurate and misleading for Tester to claim credit for this legislation.
Philip L. Barney,