House Sends VA Reform Bill to Presidents’ Desk
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today voted to send a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to President Trump’s desk for signature. S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, creates a new streamlined process to remove, demote, or suspend a VA employee and provides more protections for whistleblowers. S. 1094 passed the House by a vote of 368-55.
“The VA has more than 300,000 workers and many of them are dedicated to helping our nation's veterans, but, just like any organization, it has bad actors,” said Davis. “For too long, some within the VA have failed veterans and their fellow employees, yet retained their jobs and in many cases have received bonuses. Since reports first surfaced back in 2014 of secret wait lists and preventable deaths of VA patients, this House has fought to instill greater accountability within the VA. Today, I’m proud to vote to finally send this bill to the president’s desk for signature. More needs to be done to fix the VA to ensure veterans are getting the care they deserve, but this bill is a good start. I continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the president to address issues within the VA.”
More information about S. 1094 can be found here.