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Sinema-Supported VA Accountability Legislation Passes House, Heads to President's Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 to expedite the removal process for poor performing employees and ensure appropriate protections for whistleblowers.

“It took more than two years to remove three leaders responsible for the tragedies at the Phoenix VA,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “It’s outrageous that it takes this long to fire employees responsible for the poor treatment of veterans. Today’s legislation gives the Secretary of the VA the authority to hold employees accountable and change the culture of the VA to finally put veterans first.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 passed the Senate on June 6, 2017 and now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Since the Phoenix VA scandal broke, Congresswoman Sinema has consistently fought for increased VA accountability. She helped introduce the VA Accountability First Act with former House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, which passed the House in July 2015. She cosponsored and voted for the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 with current House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman David Roe, which passed the House in March 2017.

 

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