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Davis issues statement on passage of Veterans Protection Act

Davis issues statement on passage of Veterans Protection Act”

Messer, a Republican, spoke on the House floor in support of the bill, which previously passed the Senate, before casting his vote in favor of it. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, along with Sens. The House should get this bill to my desk ASAP! "We owe it to our nation's veterans to make sure they are taken care of, and I am hopeful that measures like this will get VA back on track". Some veterans were being sent to Defense Department hospitals, VA facilities located farther away, or other alternative locations "when care is not offered in VA", according to a June 7 internal VA memorandum.

As an example, felon Sharon Helman, the former head of Phoenix VA, is still appealing her termination.

The bill also adds new protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing, and establishes an annual training on whistleblower complaints.

The bill comes after several years of scandals in which veterans complained of substandard care and long waiting lists for appointments.

"While this doesn't fix every problem at the VA, it's a big step in the right direction. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working together to create a culture of accountability at the VA, as well as President Trump and Secretary Shulkin for pushing for these critical reforms".

Critics have lamented it as a precursor to privatization of VA services, while supporters of the concept have blasted department officials for overly bureaucratic rules governing the program.

"We now have too little money in the Choice account", he said.

"As always, Rep. Hudson's office stands ready to assist every veteran in our district with problems they are having with the VA or a federal agency", the release says. Shulkin's case received a boost of urgency in March after the department struggled to fire a VA worker who was caught watching porn while with a patient. The IU reduction, he added, "abandons numerous most severely disabled veterans of the Vietnam generation and could make thousands of elderly veterans homeless". "Only if we listen to our past service members or relatives, it becomes more real to us that one day this will impact us", said Jacksonville Navy rescue swimmer Matt Hough, who will be retiring from the military next year. Jon Tester, but it did encourage him to throw his support behind the Veterans Affairs Accountability First Act, a measure passed in the House with the nearly exclusive support of Republicans.

Tuesday's legislation (H.R. 1094) streamlines disciplinary procedures at the VA and shortens employee appeals.

New VA Secretary David Shulkin will oversee the modernization effort, which President Trump announced earlier this year in an executive order. Even Sen. Marco Rubio jumped on board. David Cox Sr., president at American Federation of Government Employees, suggested the bill created a "witchhunt".



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