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McHenry on the Passage of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017


Washington, June 13, 2017 -

Washington – Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after House passage of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017:

“Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices, voluntarily putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and defend our freedoms. Through their service, they have earned access to the best care possible but unfortunately, the VA has too often failed them.

“With today’s House passage of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, we begin to change that. This bill makes it easier to fire underperforming VA employees while protecting whistleblowers who showed the courage to expose the VA’s shortcomings. This is an important, long overdue reform and I look forward to seeing President Trump sign it into law soon.”

S. 1094, which addresses some of the bureaucratic inefficiencies that have plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs, passed the Senate on June 6, 2017 by a voice vote. After passing the House by a vote of 368 to 55 it now moves to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Background: S. 1094, The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 creates a new efficient process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, while protecting employees’ due process rights and providing them with the right to appeal the action. It also creates additional protection for whistleblowers by barring the VA from removing employees with an open whistleblower complaint or case. In March, the House passed a similar legislation, H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. 

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