Roe Statement on President Signing VA Accountability Bill into Law
Washington, June 23, 2017 | For more information, contact: Tiffany Haverly, (202) 225-3527 |
Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law:
“In the three years since committee oversight revealed that veterans at VA were dying while waiting for care, we have heard far too many instances of employees who don’t live up to the standards expected of those who serve America’s veterans but cannot be fired for wrongdoing. That stops today.
“This law will give Secretary Shulkin the tools he needs, and has repeatedly asked for, to hold bad actors at VA accountable. Instilling a culture of accountability at VA is the first step to bringing wholesale reform to the department, and I’m proud of the bipartisan work we put in to get this bill to President Trump’s desk. I thank President Trump and Secretary Shulkin for their unwavering commitment to our nation’s heroes, and it is an honor to stand with them on this historic day.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 will:
The House and Senate passed this legislation on June 13, 2017 and June 6, 2017, respectively. More information on the bill can be found here.