Congressman Posey sees opportunities for veterans in upcoming Congress
By Patrick McCallister
Congressman Bill Posey, Rockledge, thinks the 115th Congress has good opportunities to improve the Department of Veteran Affairs. The last couple years, he said, VA reforms have languished to death in the Senate.
“The Senate prevented any real meaningful reforms to the VA,” he told Veteran Voice in an exclusive interview. “The incoming administration, (Donald) Trump, has said his priority is to fix the VA.”
The Republican lawmaker was first elected in 2008, during a year when Democrats dominated the political landscape. No one would mistake him for being a fan of Barack Obama’s administration, which was swept into office in the same election. Posey got the nickname “Birther Bill” for proposing legislation requiring presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates. However, when reports about prolonged waits at VA medical facilities exploded in 2014 and many Republicans clamored for the removal of Secretary Eric Shinseki, Posey stuck by the former Army general.