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Upton, House Stand up for Michigan Veterans

Congress sends major bipartisan Veterans Affairs reforms to the president’s desk

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Washington, June 13, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protecting Act of 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 368 to 55. This legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature into law.

“Veterans here in Michigan and across the country deserve the very highest quality medical care. Despite scandal after scandal, the VA refuses or cannot hold bad actors accountable. It’s not fair to the good employees at the VA. This bipartisan legislation ensures bad actors at the VA are held accountable and face real consequences for their actions. With real accountability in place, we can finally make the changes desperately needed to fix the VA once and for all. Our veterans deserve nothing less.”

S. 1094 would streamline the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct, expand whistleblower protections for VA employees who have a complaint, and give the VA Secretary the authority to appoint permanent medical directors who can provide the real leadership that many VA hospitals, and their patients, desperately need.

The House previously passed H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 on March 16, 2017. The Senate then passed S. 1094.

This legislation enjoys the support of veterans groups such as the American Legion, Concerned Veterans for America, the Fleet Reserve Association, Got Your 6, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, the United States Army Warrant Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America. 

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