Trump Signs Law To Make VA More Accountable For Vets' Care

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The VA scandal during the Obama administration engulfed the department, leading to the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki after CNN uncovered the existence of a secret scheduling list at the VA in Phoenix.

"In the three years since committee oversight revealed that veterans at VA were dying while waiting for care, we have heard far too many instances of employees who don't live up to the standards expected of those who serve America's veterans but can not be fired for wrongdoing".

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President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday as part of the USA government's push to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs and holds its employees accountable. Outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.

"Today", Trump said, "we are finally changing those laws".

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Trump says the law represents one of the biggest reforms to the VA in a generation or more. The law also shortens the review period for new hires and offers protections to employees who complain about wrongdoing within the agency.

The legislation, which many veterans' groups supported, cleared the House last week by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 368-55, replacing an earlier version that Democrats had criticized as overly unfair to employees. VA executives would be held to a tougher standard than rank-and-file employees.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, called the bill signing "a significant step to reform the VA with a renewed objective and ability to serve our veterans". The Senate passed the bill by voice vote a week earlier. These bad employees are failing in their duty to serve our nation's veterans, many without disciplinary action, and something needs to be done. "The bill also establishes the Office of Accountability, which forbids the VA Secretary from retaliating against whistleblowers who have filed complaints within the VA general counsel's office".

President Donald Trump (2nd L), first lady Melania Trump (L), and Vice President Mike Pence (R) applaud during a Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday in Washington, DC.