I do. Mainly through Senator Richard Burr. Here he is speaking about it at today's Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, "Studies are underway to gauge how much of the dangerous chemicals they were exposed to and how it impacted their health but those who were put at risk should not have to wait for these studies before VA will provide them with care. We should make sure they can get the treatment they need now, to combat any adverse effects from these toxins."
I think you can grasp the problem. There's much more to it but just from that I think you can grasp it.
So here's my question, why is Burr blown off repeatedly on this issue?
He has tried everything to get justice for the people. He's put holds on nominations, he's introduced legislation.
I have no idea why it seems to be that, as a whole. Congress just doesn't care about Camp Lejeune -- at least not enough to pay for what needs to be done.
After Camp Lejeune, the issue he focused on the most was rules.
You are supposed to submit your opening remarks in writing at least 48 hours before the Committee hearing. But the government missed that again.
(VA being the government.)
Burr said, "I want to note once again the administration failed to submit testimony on time ... We did not receive the views of the dept of labor until less than 24 hours ago. Madam Chairman, this cannot be allowed to continue. It seems like it's almost every time we have a hearing."
What's the hardship that's preventing government officials from meeting the deadline that was in place long before the current administration was in place.
He made the comments about the prepared statements in his opening remarks. He returned to the topic in the first panel, "I want to acknowledge that both of you apologized for not having testimony here on time but I didn't hear either of you say that it wouldn't happen again."
He said a few sentences and then added, "This may be a joke to some of you. I don't know. Maybe it's the instruction not to have it here where Committees can go through and thoroughly dissect what an agency says?"
And maybe it is?
But something needs to be done about this. If they're not going to turn in the testimony on time, hold them in contempt of Congress. Fine 'em. Let them pay for it or their Dept and I bet they won't do it again.
Ranking Member Burr also noted the crazy in the plans to spend. He asked VA how much is currently spent on outreach. Both officials couldn't answer.
Burr pointed out that they were creating a new outreach program "But you don't know how much we spend on outreach?"
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"