Bicameral group will reconcile different versions of VA legislation
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed today’s announcement that he has been named to the House-Senate conference committee, which will now reconcile different versions of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reform legislation that each congressional chamber recently passed.
Although he is not a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Rubio was asked to be part of the conference committee due to his leadership in sponsoring the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014, which passed the House in May and was included in the Senate-passed VA reform legislation earlier this month. This measure would give the VA secretary the authority to fire or demote VA Senior Executive Service (SES) or equivalent employees based on performance.
“The VA is in desperate need of reform and accountability, and I look forward to being part of this effort to resolve outstanding policy differences and produce a final law that starts making a real difference for our veterans,” said Rubio. “Our veterans have been wronged by the abuses, incompetence, and inhumane and unresponsive health care that have come to light in the recent wave of VA scandals.
“The legislation we’re working on includes many important first steps we can take to honor our veterans with the care they need, and I hope we can get something done quickly,” added Rubio. “I look forward to being a voice at the negotiating table for Florida’s 2 million veterans, as well as all veterans across the country.”