06.23.15

VIDEO: Senators Baldwin and Capito Deliver Remarks on Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

Simcakoski family in Washington, D.C. to support Baldwin and Capito’s bipartisan Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United States Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the introduction of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, bipartisan VA reform legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to our nation’s veterans. WATCH a video of Senator Baldwin’s remarks here and Senator Capito’s remarks here.  

“Today I ask the rest of my colleagues to join us in working to confront the problem of overprescribing practices at the VA and to provide safer and more effective pain management services to our nation’s veterans. Let us work together to fix what has been broken and restore that sacred trust with our veterans and their families. Let us work together to give our veterans and their families a voice. And let us be inspired by that voice to take bipartisan action on solutions to prevent these problems and tragedies from ever happening again, and to provide our veterans and their families with the care they have earned and the care that they deserve,” Senator Baldwin said on the Senate floor.

The Simcakoski family is in Washington, D.C. this week to support the bipartisan legislation and were present in the Senate chamber during today’s remarks. Tomorrow, Senator Baldwin will hold a press conference with the Simcakoski family, veterans service organizations, and health care organizations, prior to Senator Baldwin’s appearance at the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

The bipartisan legislation has quickly gained support from over a dozen organizations and members of the Senate. Learn more about what people are saying about the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act here