On July 22, 2015, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to debate pending legislation. During the hearing, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke about the $3 billion shortfall currently facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Despite indications dating back to January 2015 that the VA would be facing a shortfall, the VA failed to notify Congress until mid-July. The VA has implied that shortfalls like this are likely to occur in the future as well.
Also on Thursday, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) expressed similar concerns with the VA and President Obama avoiding responsibility and VA budget manipulation.