Kustoff Votes to Increase Accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement after voting for The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S. 1094), which passed the House by a vote of 368-55 and will head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. This legislation would create a new process to efficiently remove, demote or suspend any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee for poor performance or delinquency, while still protecting an employee’s right to appeal the action and expanding protection for whistleblowers.
“Our nation’s heroes deserve nothing but the highest quality and most efficient medical care,” said Kustoff. “I was proud to vote for this bill that will provide the VA Secretary the tools they need to hold bad employees accountable, while still encouraging and rewarding good employee behavior.
“I applaud Chairman Roe and the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees for highlighting concerns at the VA and introducing this important bipartisan legislation. I also thank President Trump and Secretary Shulkin for making VA accountability reform central to their agenda, and I look forward to the President signing this bill into law.”