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Rooney Named Chairman of Intelligence Subcommittee on Emerging Threats

January 29th, 2015

From Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17)

Rooney Named Chairman of Intelligence Subcommittee on Emerging Threats

Jan 28, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17) today was named Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.

“Our nation faces dangerous threats from around the world, and this subcommittee plays a vital role in ensuring our intelligence community has the tools and resources to identify, track and defeat these threats,” Rooney said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Nunes and Subcommittee Ranking Member Quigley to conduct thorough oversight of our intelligence programs and promote policies that will keep our nation safe.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, “Having served with Rep. Rooney on the Intelligence Committee for four years, I am familiar with the many contributions he’s made to the committee, to our national security, and to our ability to track down dangerous terrorists. He is an excellent choice to serve as chairman of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee, and I look forward to working with him.”

The Emerging Threats Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of the policies, activities and budgets of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including the National Counterterrorism Center, the National Counterproliferation Center and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center; the national security components of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Intelligence Community-wide integration and information sharing programs; and the intelligence elements of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Departments of State (DOS), Homeland Security (DHS), Energy (DOE), and Treasury (DOT).

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For the full press release, see: http://rooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rooney-named-chairman-of

Delay, deny, until you die.

May 4th, 2014

From Congressman Tom Rooney:

“Delay, deny, until you die.” That’s how one veteran in Missouri  described the frustration veterans experience when they go to the VA for care. Sadly, he is not alone.

CNN reported last week that at least 40 patients died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA after being placed on a “secret waiting list” created to hide the fact that 1,400-1,600 veterans were forced to wait months for appointments. This was not an isolated case: The House Veterans Affairs Committee has launched an investigation and already uncovered dozens of recent, preventable deaths at VA hospitals across the country.

I have also heard from veterans in Florida’s 17th district who have faced delayed and denied treatment.

This week, as a member of the House Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and a veteran myself, I took two significant actions to end the practice of secret waiting lists, ensure veterans get the care they earned, and hold the VA accountable.

First, I wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the state attorneys general in all 50 states urging them to work  together to investigate preventable deaths at VA facilities across the country and determine appropriate criminal charges.

For these veterans, treatment delayed is treatment denied, and the consequences have proved fatal. Any incident of a veteran dying after being denied care by the VA is unacceptable and shameful, and those responsible must be held accountable – including through possible criminal prosecutions. My full letter is available here.

Second, I voted in favor of the VA Appropriations bill for 2015. Our bipartisan bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly, includes strict new reporting requirements for VA facilities, and gives Congress new oversight authority, in order to hold the VA accountable for delivering better results for our veterans. Please click here for more information about this bill.

If you support criminal investigations into the preventable deaths of American veterans, please take a moment to send this email to your friends and family members by entering their email addresses in the “Tell a Friend” form to the right, or by clicking below to share this important message on Facebook or Twitter.

I appreciate your feedback.  You can also share your thoughts on my website, Facebook page or Twitter account, and please be sure to watch my latest floor speeches and interviews on my Youtube page.

Sincerely,

Congressman Tom Rooney

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