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Despite Call for Action, Few Lawmakers on VA Committees

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The John Cochran VA Medical Center. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The John Cochran VA Medical Center. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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WASHINGTON (KMOX) - They’re all beating the drum on behalf of our veterans now, but when it comes to overseeing the Veterans Administration on Capitol Hill, most lawmakers are Missing in Action.

A look at the numbers tells part of the storythe House Veterans Affairs Committee has 25 members, compared to 61 on Financial Services and 54 on Energy and Commerce.

Why the discrepancy?

“Where you sit on a committee, or which committees you want to be on, is often directly linked to which industries you can get campaign contributions from because you’re on those committees,” says Project on Government Oversight Executive Director Danielle Brian.

She says the VA committees don’t have those connections.

Brian says the House Subcommittee on Investigations has actually been holding hearings for two years, but got little press because it has no high-profile members. Brian says she also got a shock while covering the hearings.

“I was only working with Republican staff, because the Democrats hadn’t even staffed that Subcommittee,” she says.

No Missouri or Illinois lawmakers serve on either VA committee.

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