Congress Sends VA Reform Bill to President’s Desk
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final passage to landmark legislation bringing greater accountability and whistleblower protections to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, now goes to President Trump who has said he intends to sign the bill. The bill provides the Secretary of Veterans Affairs expedited authority to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for misconduct or poor performance, and it creates an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.), who worked with whistleblowers to expose major instances of wrongdoing within the Central Alabama VA, applauded the bill’s passage.
“Veterans deserve nothing but the best services we can provide, but too often the VA falls short of this responsibility,” Roby said. “When VA employees harm veterans through abuse, neglect, or misconduct, there must be severe consequences. By passing this bill, Congress is granting Secretary Shulkin unprecedented authority to hold employees accountable, and we expect him to use it.”
Earlier today, Roby spoke at length on the House floor highlighting some of the problems exposed in Central Alabama, including an incident in which a VA employee took a patient to a crack house to extort his VA payments. Watch her full remarks here.