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Miller retains House chairmanship

November 28, 2012

Press Release: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH-08) announced today that Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) will remain the Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for the 113th Congress.

“It is certainly a great honor to be able to serve as Chairman of an important committee that is so critical to our country,” said Miller. “I’m eager to continue to work hard in this capacity on behalf of our veterans and retirees.”

The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for authorization and oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VA is the second largest department in the federal government with over 300,000 employees and a budget of over $120 billion.

Since being elected to Congress in 2001, Miller has established himself nationally as a strong advocate for veterans’ concerns including his successful support for changes to concurrent pay receipt and his advocacy of a greater co-sharing between the military and veterans’ facilities. As Chairman, Miller has worked tirelessly to streamline the delivery of health care for veterans, improve oversight of VA, and provide opportunities for unemployed veterans.

A staunch fiscal conservative, Miller aims to bring efficiency and accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Miller plans for a return to strict oversight, focusing on issues such as claims backlog as well as safety and security breaches within the department.

“I continue to be humbled by the opportunity to serve the more than 22 million veterans who have so proudly served this great nation,” Miller said. “I will continue to work to ensure that we meet our veterans’ needs.”

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  • Ames November 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

    From Army Times:
    Military retirees enrolled in Tricare Prime saw a dip in their net
    retirement pay recently: Annual fees for the health benefit increased
    as of Oct. 1. The fees rise by 3.6 percent for some retired military members and
    their families and by 17 percent for most. Those facing the 17 percent increase will pay between about $3 and $6 more per month, if they pay the fees monthly. The Tricare Prime annual enrollment
    fee may also be paid quarterly or in one annual lump sum. Military retirees who enrolled in the system on or after Oct. 1, 2011,
    and all new beneficiaries will pay $269.28 a year for an individual, up
    from $260, and $538.56 for a family, up from $520. Those who were in Prime before Oct. 1, 2011, will see their annual
    fees increase from to $269.28 from $230 for individuals and to $538.56 from $460 for families. Affected retirees and family members received notification of the increase by mail in August. The fee increases are within limits set by Congress last year.
    Legislation passed in 2011 restricted the amount the Pentagon can increase annual fees to the annual military cost-of-living adjustment. The 3.6 percent increase is equal to the most recent cost-of-living adjustment in military retired pay for 2012. The one-time 17 percent increase for the majority of retirees resulted from a previous legislative decision to place a one-year
    freeze on enrollment fees for those already enrolled in Prime before
    Oct. 1, 2011. The 2012 Defense Authorization Act created the two-tiered fee
    structure only for fiscal 2012, which just ended on Sept. 30.

    So the increase is $3 to $6 a month.

  • J.M. November 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Miller only represents his own self-interest. How about that 17% Tri-Care premium hike, Jeff? I guess he’s just falling in line with Obama-care.

  • Mike Flounlacker November 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    He started years ago. I called Congressmen Millers office about an issue I was having with the VA. The next morning my phone rang and it was Congressman Miller asking for details. It took some time but he and his staff straightened it out. Also I suggest you read about his efforts ongoing on msnbc from today’s hearings.

  • Ames November 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    These are the 19 new House committee chairmen.
    Claims that Republicans are now appealing to women and minorities is highly exaggerated.

  • Henry November 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    “I continue to be humbled by the opportunity to serve the more than 22 million veterans who have so proudly served this great nation,” Miller said. “I will continue to work to ensure that we meet our veterans’ needs.”

    When do you plan to start, Jeff?