WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), the representative of Fort Bragg and author of bipartisan legislation to allow service connected veterans to choose care from private providers in their local communities, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, legislation to make it easier to fire Veterans Affairs (VA) employees for poor performance or misconduct and to establish whistleblower protections:

“The problems at the VA aren’t from one bad actor or a lack of taxpayer dollars – it’s a rotten culture of unaccountability that puts bureaucrats ahead of veterans. Our veterans deserve real solutions to break the back of this bureaucracy, and today’s law is a significant step in that direction. I’m pleased to see this legislation signed into law, and I will continue to work tirelessly to serve our veterans and get them the care they were promised.”

Today the President signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094), which grants the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) additional authority to remove, demote or suspend employees due to poor performance or misconduct, recoup bonuses and awards, increase whistleblower protections, and reform the appeals process for veteran benefits. The bill passed the House last week.

 

*hudson.house.gov

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