Jun 06 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today hailed the Senate passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. The landmark legislation, which was led by Rubio with Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT), now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Ahead of the vote, Rubio discussed the merits of the bill and commended his colleagues for their support of the legislation, which will bring needed accountability reforms to the VA. You can watch Rubio’s Senate floor speech here.
A downloadable broadcast quality version of Rubio’s video message is available for TV stations here. A transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below.
RUBIO: You can imagine I’m incredibly pleased that my Senate colleagues today passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. It’s bipartisan and what it basically does is it’s now going to give the VA secretary the power to fire and dismiss bad employees and also to protect whistleblowers who come forward. So it’s been great bipartisan work with Senator Jon Tester and of course Senator Johnny Isakson, with the secretary, and with so many VA organizations across the country who support this and understand that this is a way to bring accountability to the VA. We’ve been working hard on this for years. Today is a great day. I can’t wait to get it to the president’s desk.