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Tri-State Congressmen Support VA Reform Bill

Posted On June 14, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Washington) – Southeastern Indiana Congressman Luke Messer cast his vote to reform the VA.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 streamlines the process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct. It would also give protections for whistleblowers and strengthen employees’ due process rights.

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.

“The Veterans Accountability Act will hold bureaucrats accountable, make it easier to dismiss bad employees, and strengthen protections for whistleblowers. These are common sense reforms and long overdue,” Messer said. “Our military men and women – our Hoosier heroes – fought to protect us, the least we can do is fight for them … to ensure they get quality care.”

Fellow tri-state congressmen Steve Chabot of southwest Ohio and Thomas Massie of northern Kentucky, both Republicans, also supported the legislation.

Various media reports have revealed mismanagement and misconduct at VA hospitals, including the Cincinnati VA where many southeastern Indiana veterans are treated.

The bill passed the House with a 368-55 vote on Tuesday, sending it to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.