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Rubio: Hold VA to account

Sen. Marco Rubio in an op/ed for the Tampa Bay Times makes the case for passing a bill that would make it easier to fire VA officials. The bill easily passed the House this week but Rubio, the lead sponsor in the Senate, was turned back by Sen. Bernard Sanders. Rubio writes:

In recent months, I have been working with U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, on legislation that would lead to accountability at the VA by allowing the VA secretary to have the authority he needs to fire incompetent middle-level managers. It's the same kind of authority that managers in practically every other line of work have.

Last week, the House passed this legislation overwhelmingly by a 390-33 vote. With such bipartisan consensus clearly behind our bill, and with the added support of my colleague from Florida, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, I attempted to call it up for a vote in the Senate. Unfortunately this effort was blocked by another senator.

Over this Memorial Day holiday, I encourage people to let their senators know why action must be taken to hold people accountable for the mistreatment of our veterans. Current law obstructs this accountability by forbidding the firing of negligent and incompetent VA officials, which is why my legislation is so important.

I also encourage President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to take another careful look at my proposal. As Majority Leader Harry Reid said after the House passed it, "I think what the House has done is not unreasonable." Not only is it not unreasonable; it's the very least we can do to correct the systemic problem that has led to the current tragedy.

Full article here.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:44pm]


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