Roe, Walz Commend Senate for Accountability Legislation
Washington, May 11, 2017 | For more information, contact: Tiffany Haverly, (202) 225-3527
Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, released the following statements after the Senate introduction of legislation to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
“I commend Senators Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson and Jon Tester for reaching a bipartisan agreement on accountability legislation,” said Roe. “I’m also pleased much of my bill, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, is included in the Senate bill, and I hope the Senate will act swiftly to give Secretary Shulkin the tools he’s made it clear he needs to bring accountability to VA. I know that the vast majority of the men and women who work at VA take their duty to serve veterans seriously, but bad actors have tarnished the reputation of good employees for far too long. Our veterans deserve to know that bad actors within the department will be held accountable, and I look forward to supporting this bipartisan bill in the House.”
“We applaud our colleagues in the Senate for their bipartisan effort to give the VA Secretary the tools they need to hold bad employees accountable and for doing so in a way that maintains Constitutionally mandated workplace protections that help shield good employees and whistleblowers from retaliation,” said Walz. “I look forward to working together with members in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to find common ground and get this critically important legislation signed into law.”
The Senate bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, includes key portions of Chairman Roe’s legislation. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 would:
For more information on the House-passed accountability bill, visit republicans-veterans.house.gov/accountability.