VA Accountability Bill Signed Into Law: Rep. Poliquin Applauds Milestone Veterans Legislation
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094) was signed into law:
“Today marks an historic milestone in our efforts to make important improvements at the VA and in making sure our Veterans are given the support and care we’ve promised to them and that they deserve,” said Congressman Poliquin.
“Even as politically-charged groups ridicule Washington about partisan gridlock, Congress focused on its work, joined together, and acted to get this done for our Veterans. I am proud to strongly support this bipartisan bill to help make sure our Nation fulfills our promises to our Veterans.”
About the bill:
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act helps ensure malpractice like that which occurred at facilities in Phoenix, Ariz. never happens again. The bill provides the Secretary of Veterans Affairs flexibility to remove VA employees for performance or misconduct, adds protections for whistleblowers, and increases accountability and performance measures for VA Senior Executive Service employees.
Congressman Poliquin speaks on the House Floor in support of the VA Accountability Act.
The bill has the support of numerous national Veterans organizations, including The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Veterans (AMVETS), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), and the Reserve Officer Association (ROA).
Items to Note:
- VIDEO: Rep. Poliquin Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the VA Accountability Act
- USA Today: Timeline: The story behind the VA scandal