Rubio: Veterans Affairs Bill Should Not Be Rammed Through Congress Without Real Accountability Reforms
May 17 2016
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the lead Senate sponsor of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability Act of 2015, issued the following statement regarding the VA reform legislation pending action on the floor:
“We all believe our veterans deserve the utmost respect and highest quality of post-service health care available, but it’s unfortunate the labor unions have so far gotten their way in writing the VA accountability provisions in the Senate’s VA reform bill. The VA ‘reform’ bill as it stands today should not be rammed through Congress without real accountability reforms being added to it. It’s simple: if you work at the VA and work against the interests of our veterans through your negligence, indifference, incompetence or corruption, the VA secretary should be able to fire you. The current VA bill includes too many loopholes that let bad VA employees off the hook, and either we work through it and get it fixed in the coming weeks, or this bill will not be rammed through.”
Last month, Rubio and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) urged the Senate’s lead negotiators on a VA reform package to include the Miller-Rubio accountability proposal into the larger bill. The proposal is broadly supported by several Veterans Service Organizations, including The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), AMVETS, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Concerned Veterans of America (CVA), and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).