tv President Signs VA Mission Act CSPAN June 8, 2018 9:40pm-10:02pm EDT
>> c-span's washington journal live every day with the news and policy issues that impact you. coming up saturday morning, george mason university senior research fellow and the lines for american manufacturing scott paul discussed trust -- trump administration policies. variety senior editor ted johnson will talk about the upcoming court decision on the at&t time warner merger. "washington journal," live at 7:00 eastern saturday morning. join the discussion. on wednesday, president trump signed the v.a. admission act into law. v.a.'s choicee program for another year. while the department wants to consolidate seven community care programs into one. this is 20 minutes.
>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. [applause] president trump: thank you very much, this is a very big day. we have been looking for choice for a long time. today is the day. it is very important. very happy. thank you for being here. this is truly historic moment. historic time for our country. i will be signing the landmark
legislation to provide health care choice. what a beautiful word that is, choice. and freedom to our amazing veterans. i want to welcome our veterans. we have many here today. every care giver and servicemember who has joined us. during the campaign i would say why can't a just go see a -- why can't they just go see a doctor instead of standing in line? now they can go see a doctor. it is going to be great. you fulfilled your duty to our nation with tremendous loyalty and courage. with the signing of this legislation, we take one more crucial step in fulfilling our duty to you. we are pleased to be joined by our great vice president, mike pence, along with my nominee to lead the va, robert wilke.
[applause] great job. working along with robert is acting v.a. secretary. [applause] that is a great team. i want to thank some of our many leaders, i call them leaders, because they are indeed leaders on this legislation. they said it would be slow. i was just telling my, it hasn't been slow. we just passed dodd frank. we just got $700 billion for the military. that was a big one.
the military is going to be stronger, bigger than before. hopefully we will not have to use it very much. the fact that we have it so strong probably means we will not have to use it as much. i want to thank the people that helped us. december 22, which does not quite fit in, december 22, we signed the biggest tax cuts in the history of our country. that is a big one. [applause] we got $1.6 billion we have already started the wall on the southern border. the wall is started. $1.6 billion, so important. you also have to recognize some of the people that worked so hard to make all of this happened. johnny isakson. where is johnny? boy, has he been working -- have
you worked with jerry moran? where is jerry? [applause] good job. bill cassidy. john bozeman. dean heller. tom cotton. all here. tom tillis. lindsey graham. i see lindsay sitting over there, good job. todd young. joni ernst. i did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? we love the farmers. i'm glad it worked out. john hoeven. steve daines. all here. we have on the house of representatives, mike coffman. brian mast. jack bergman. buddy carter. did i introduce you, senator? i hope so.
if i did not, i am in trouble. the problem with this, there will be for people that i didn't introduce and they will not speak to me for the rest of my life. they will make sure i suffer. i apologize. jennifer gonzalez colon. peter king. [applause] he comes from new york. thank you, peter. jack bergman. our chair, phil rowe. [applause] what a great job. the was a lot tougher than we thought, right? you would have thought it would be easy, it makes sense. kevin cramer. jim banks. andy barr. claudia tenney. martha mick sally -- martha
mcsally. i hear martha is doing very well in the great state of arizona. don bacon. jason lewis. cathy mcmorris rodgers. representative neal dunn. representative elise alton. julia brownley. i assume we have a couple others -- anybody i did not announce? you want to stand? you deserve it. thank you all very much, really, it has been incredible. [applause] finally, i want to thank the veterans service organizations that helped us push the legislation across the finish line.
whenever i spoke, this was one of the most important things. it was something i got the biggest hand for. people want to take care of our great vets. four years ago our entire nation was shocked and outraged by stories of the v.a. system plagued by abuse, fraud, and mistry smith -- mistreatment of our veterans. there was nothing they could do about it. the people that worked there couldn't take care of the bad people. with us are many brave veterans who endured that injustice. including steve cooper and laura vellar, they served their country with honor, only to be denied the medical treatment they needed. no one should suffer what you suffered, stephen laura. one who defends our country in uniform should have to fight
for their lives when they come back to their home. we commend your strength and courage in the face of hardship. we pledge to act in your name and in the name of every other veteran who has been so badly wronged. to those who serve our nation, risk life and limb, you must never be denied care, access, or treatment that you need. that is why we are here today and why we are signing this most important bill. they have been working on for years and years. and it wouldn't happen. accountability is the other one. as a candidate for president, i promised to make reforming the v.a. one of my highest priorities. from the first day of my administration, that is what we have done. last year, i signed the historic
v.a. accountability legislation. meaning you now can get rid of people who do not treat our veterans right and rob us or cheat us or are not great to our great vets. for 40 years they have been trying to pass this, you know that. they could not. it was hard. you have civil service, you have unions. of course they would never do anything to stop anything. they had a very great deal of power. everybody came along because they knew it was right. we passed something that has not been that recognized, and yet i would put it almost in the class with choice. almost in the class with choice. v.a. accountability. now if people do not do a great job, they cannot work with our vets anymore.
they are gone. [applause] we are very proud of accountability. wethe campaign, i promised would fight for veterans choice. before i knew much about it, it seemed to be common sense. if they are waiting for line for nine days and can't see a doctor, why are they going outside to see a doctor and take care of themselves and we pay the bill? it is less expensive, it works out better, it is immediate care. it is what we are doing. we are allowing our veterans to get access to the best medical care available, whether it is at the v.a. or a private provider. i will keep that promise i have been making ever since the first day of my campaign. seems like a long time ago. i'm going to sign legislation
that will make veterans choice permanent. i cannot stress the people here, the people in the audience, senators, congressmen. the great people working at the v.a.. soon to be secretary wilkins. -- secretary wilke. have done to get this through is really inspirational to me. i have learned so much from the standpoint that i see how hard these people work. this is very important. i really appreciate what you have all done. it has been incredible. for 30 or 40 years they have been trying to get this done, and they haven't been able to. we got this done. if the v.a. can't meet the needs of a veteran in a timely manner, the veteran will have the right to go outside to a private
doctor, so simple, yet so complex. this legislation also expands access to the caregiver program for seriously injured veterans. no matter where you served or when you fought, if you were in then yout some point, deserve our absolute best. that is what we are doing. [applause] this bill speeds up the claims process, increases the health services, expand access to walk in clinic's, and fights opioid addiction. these are sweeping historic changes, there has never been anything like this in the history of the v.a.. we will not rest until the job is fully done. my administration has also taken action to ensure veterans can
seamlessly transition their medical records from the department of defense into the v.a.. stories,ard so many how difficult it is, almost impossible. it was almost impossible to do, it would take years. we will do it immediately now. we have the right systems. of waiting, the departments will now finally use the same system. today, we also marks another milestone, the 74th anniversary of d-day, the allied invasion of normandy on june 6, 1944. brave young,000 americans charged out of landing craft, jumped out of airplanes, and stormed into hell. they gave their heart, their blood, and their very lives on those beaches to drive out the
enemy and drive a lasting victory for our country and for freedom. in every generation, there have been heroes like them, patriot to answer the call to serve and do whatever it takes, wherever and whenever we need them to defend america. they put everything on the line for us, and when they come home we must do everything that we can possibly do for them. that is what we are doing. [applause] they can be very proud of their country, because this week we have gotten the best financial numbers, the best economic numbers, the best numbers on unemployment and employment that we have ever had as a country. strongest economy we have ever
had. it's so good, because we can do so many good things when that happens, including jobs. among the best job numbers ever in the history of our country. african-american unemployment, the lowest it's ever been in history. hispanic unemployment, the lowest it's ever been in history. women unemployment, lowest it has been in 21 years, and soon-to-be history. not much nobody has ever seen. we have added $7 trillion since the election to our country's worth, the value. we have added $7 trillion. we have never had anything like this. it's going to get better. cutting regulations, cutting taxes, it's just starting.
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