Trump signs bill granting more power to directors at VA

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"It's a reform that I campaigned on, and now I am thrilled to be able to sign that promise into law", Trump said during the signing ceremony of the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act at the White House.

But now, with strong Republican majorities in both chambers and a staunch pro-veteran President in the White House, we are taking swift action to end the atrocious failures.

"Outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable", Trump said.

For years, the Department of Veteran Affairs has been shrouded in problems including the death and injury of dozens of veterans due to long wait times at VA hospitals.

Employees responsible for the faulty system - which involved a "secret waiting list" that left veterans with no care - stayed on the government payroll even after they were removed from their positions.

"It gives the secretary authority to remove federal employees who fail and endanger our veterans and to do so quickly and effectively".

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Bennet said the bill "encourages managers and patients to address poor performance and misconduct of VA employees and grants more oversight of the department".

Spotted in the room were veteran advocates from the major veteran service organizations, including American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, Got Your 6, and Concerned Veterans of America.

The bill also turns another of Trump's campaign pledges into law by creating a permanent VA accountability office, which Trump established by executive order in April. This scandal occurred at a VA medical center in Phoenix, AR.

Coffman called the bill's passage in the House a "significant step in the right direction". Secondly, it streamlines and facilitates the process of disciplinary action against Veterans Affairs employees who are not fulfilling their obligations to provide timely and appropriate care to our nation's veterans.

"As today's bipartisan bill heads to the president's desk, higher accountability standards are heading to VA's across the country", said Chairman Wenstrup. He was also flanked by VA Secretary David Shulkin, with whom Trump joked that the program be properly implemented. "Real accountability would strengthen, not weaken, protections for the rank-and-file employees who are subjected to mismanagement, abuse and political corruption".

It gives Secretary David Shulkin and VA leadership the power to fire bad employees for misconduct and offers more whistleblower protection to those who report wrongdoing.

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