Yesterday, July 29, 2015, the House of Representatives passed, 256-170, the VA Accountability Act of 2015. The bill will give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) the ability to fire VA employees who are found to be incompetent, or who are found to have engaged in mismanagement or misconduct. The measure also protects whistleblowers.
President Obama threatened to veto the VA Accountability Act in a statement claiming it would create “disparity” between VA workers and officials at other government agencies.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood offered the following statement:
“The horrific culture within the VA must end, and this bill takes necessary steps to achieve much-needed reform. It is an affront to veterans and taxpayers that President Obama threatened to veto this absolutely necessary, potentially lifesaving, bipartisan legislation.”
Concerned Veterans for America Colorado State Director Frank Crocker offered the following statement:
“Today we applaud the House of Representatives who stood up for veterans and passed the VA Accountability Act. Veterans have kept their promises to us, it is time the VA kept its promises to veterans. We must put an end to the status quo.”
James Freeman also criticized the president’s threat in the Wall Street Journal:
“Perhaps the next Miller bill should instruct the executive branch that potential employees put off by the idea that they might be fired for letting a patient die while they process his paperwork are not ‘top talent.”