Posted on June 24, 2017

Fox: “President Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problematic employees at the department.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed by Congress earlier this month streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. In addition, it authorizes the VA secretary to recoup any bonuses awarded to employees who have acted improperly.”

Pres Trump at the signing: “In just a short time, we’ve already achieved transformative change at the VA, and believe me, we’re just getting started. We have so many people that have been so helpful right here in the room, Tom and all my friends. It’s been fantastic. The enthusiasm for the Veterans Administration and for making it right for our great veterans has been incredible. And I want to thank all of them.
One of my greatest honors and joys during the presidential campaign was the time I spent going all across the country with our nation’s really and truly incredible veterans. In their courage, their dignity, and their selfless sacrifice, they represent the very best of us. Our veterans have fulfilled their duty to this nation, and now we must fulfill our duty to them.
So to every veteran who is here with us today, I just want to say two very simple words: Thank you. …
As you all know all too well, for many years the government failed to keep its promises to our veterans. We all remember the nightmare that veterans suffered during the VA scandals that were exposed a few years ago. Veterans were put on secret waitlists, given the wrong medication, given the bad treatments, and ignored in moments of crisis for them. Many veterans died waiting for a simple doctor’s appointments. What happened was a national disgrace.
And yet, some of the employees involved in these scandals remained on the payrolls. Outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable. Today, we are finally changing those laws, wasn’t easy, but we did have some fantastic help, to make sure that the scandal of what we suffered so recently never, ever happens again, and that our veterans can get the care they so richly deserve.” …


Fox: Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise

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