The Senate passed legislation Tuesday morning intending to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) civil service protections. The bill passed with bipartisan support.
Remember back in 2014 when whistleblowers said that thousands of veterans were dying while waiting for health care at the VA? Obama vowed to reform the organization, but unsurprisingly nothing happened, no one was fired, and veterans continued to die.
Well, a new administration is in town that actually likes to get things DONE. The legislation that just passed is called “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.” It will make it much easier to FIRE the corrupt civil servants, including executives, who are preventing veterans from getting the best health care possible.
Not only that, but the bill will also take employees off of the payroll if they decide to contest their firing. AND civil servants found guilty will not be allowed to receive bonuses. AND managers will be evaluated on how well they protect whistleblowers.
This is an incredible WIN for our veterans! Finally some accountability at the VA.
Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s authors, said this of the historic legislation:
“This is a change in the laws of our country that will bring accountability to one of the most important functions that our government provides to the men and women who serve us in uniform. This spring marks three years since light was shed on the veterans who died — died — while they were stuck on secret waiting lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs”
YES! It feels so good to see our veterans finally get treated RIGHT!