Congress was in session last week and its members are spending this week at home in their districts.
Last week, the House passed the WINGMAN Act, which streamlines the benefits claims process between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the constituent advocates processing those claims on behalf of veterans and their families. Under the new legislation, constituent advocates would be able to access the status of a pending claim, medical records, compensation and pension’s records, rating decisions, statements of cases, supplementary statements of cases, notices of disagreement and Form- 9 files within a reasonable amount of time, without having to go through a middle-man.
The Senate was busy working to confirm appointments to President Trump’s Cabinet. The Senate confirmed Dr. David Shulkin to be the next secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department; his appointment was not controversial pick and he passed the chamber unanimously. Shulkin is the lone holdover from the Obama Administration and he said he believes the department has a lot of work ahead of itself.
The Senate also moved forward and confirmed Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, Mick Mulvaney to head the Office of Management and Budget and Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.