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Trump signs VA reform bill

The Hill – by Jordan Fabian

President Trump on Friday signed a bill that would make it easier for the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fire employees accused of misconduct.

Trump said during a signing ceremony at the White House that it is a “national disgrace” that some VA workers involved in treatment scandals were allowed to remain in their roles and that the new law will make sure it “never happens again.”  

“This is one of the largest reforms of the VA in its history,” Trump told an audience assembled in the East Room.

He said the measure fulfills his campaign promise to improve veterans’ healthcare and that it “keeps our promises to those who have kept us free.”

The House voted 368-55 last week to pass the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, sending it to Trump’s desk. The Senate approved the bipartisan bill earlier this month.

The measure speeds up the process for VA Secretary David Shulkin to fire employees, regardless of rank, and allows the agency to rescind bonuses if an employee is convicted of a felony related to his or her duties.

It also strengthens protections for whistleblowers.

The legislation was the latest attempt by Congress to respond to the 2014 VA scandals involving long wait times for medical care at its hospitals and employees’ attempts to cover them up.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339168-trump-signs-va-reform-bill

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8 Responses to Trump signs VA reform bill

  1. Katie says:

    “He said the measure fulfills his campaign promise to improve veterans’ healthcare and that it “keeps our promises to those who have kept us free.”

    I say fire the vets and military because they have done a miserable job of “keeping us free.”

    Sheesh, if this is freedom who needs it!

    Trumpy, such a joke.

  2. flee says:

    Katie….
    I’m gonna just take a wild guess here.
    UR a little cranky in the morning.

    I didn’t send this information because I like Trump.

    It’s because I can’t stand the V.A.

    They have my uncle in a diaper on oxicontin and stealing his dope.
    Then sending me the bill.

    Meanwhile when you visit them there.

    There’s flies on their food in the cafeteria while they’re eating.
    Being served to him by a bunch of foreigners.

    Yet…you should see the palace they built for themselves in north Las Vegas.

    • Mark Schumacher in LV says:

      Take a picture of this place and post it. Let the site tear these assholes a new sht hole.

    • Katie says:

      flee, I definitely know you don’t like Trump and had no thought of you sending the post because you liked him.

      It’s just that I did not appreciate Trump selling that same old bs line, just like the rest of the salesmen/”presidents.”

      He knows he’s blowing hot air too, and if not, he’s a moron and completely asleep.

      Sorry about Uncle too, and actually I like waking up and getting started to my day, no grumpiness here.

      • flee says:

        Katie we’re kewl…
        I get a little paranoid sometimes.
        Because I suffer from…
        PTSWD.
        Post traumatic stress work disorder.
        I sure hope that your children are as smart and kewl as you.
        Plus you gave your word you wouldn’t stick my head in a cone and pluck my feathers.
        Actually you scare me.
        🙂

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “… a bill that would make it easier for the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fire employees accused of misconduct.”

    And?

    “He said the measure fulfills his campaign promise to improve veterans’ healthcare…”

    THAT’S the ‘improvement’???

    WHAT A LOAD!!!!!

  4. carl hammel says:

    Why don’t we sign a war reform bill and do away with veterans? I challenge anyone to honestly name one war the U.S. “won” and describe how it is that we “won” it.

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