Two weeks ago, a bipartisan coalition in the House stood up for veterans and passed the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. This much-needed piece of legislation would give the VA Secretary the authority to discipline and fire those employees found guilty of misconduct, among other needed reforms. The House has stood up for veterans, now it’s time for the Senate to do the same.
Five Senators – Sen. Tim Scott (SC), Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ), Sen. James Inhofe (OK), Sen. Thom Tillis (NC), and Sen. Todd Young (IN) – have already signed on as co-sponsors of Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) bill to protect veterans from corrupt employees at the VA. With this momentum, there is no reason the Senate should delay getting this legislation to the President’s desk. President Trump has already laid out a bold vision for VA reform, and this bill is backed by most major veterans’ groups and the VA Secretary himself. What better time to achieve meaningful VA reform?
Wait time manipulation continues to be a severe issue at the VA. Most recently, a report came out last month that scheduling manipulation is still prevalent in North Carolina and Virginia. There is no reason to drag passing this legislation out any further. The Senate should follow the bipartisan leadership of the House and quickly pass this legislation to protect veterans from any further abuse, misconduct, or fraud. Call your Senator today and urge them to support the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. Our veterans deserve swift action.
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