Widespread, Bipartisan Praise For President Trump's Historic Veterans Affairs Accountability Bill
CNN: Trump signs VA reform bill, making good on a campaign promise
"President Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise Friday, signing into law legislation that gives leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire failed employees and protect those who uncover wrongdoing at the agency. The law, which won bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, comes after years of stories about chaos inside the VA, including CNN investigations in 2013 and 2014 that found dozens of veterans died or were seriously injured because of long wait times at hospitals across the country."
Ranking Member Rep. Tim Waltz (D-MN): Ranking Member Walz Applauds Bipartisan Effort As VA Accountability Bill Is Signed Into Law
"The legislation will give the VA Secretary the tools he needs to hold bad employees accountable and will do so in a way that maintains Constitutionally mandated workplace protections for civil servants while also protecting good employees and whistleblowers from retaliation. 'For too long, Secretaries of the VA have been without the tools they need to hold underperforming employees accountable; this bipartisan legislation will finally change that,' Rep. Walz said."
Yahoo: Olivier Knox (Twitter)
"VA bill is probably the most significant legislation @potus will have signed to date. (Regulatory rollbacks collectively significant)"
Associated Press: Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA
"Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers 'who let our veterans down.' He cast Friday's signing at a White House ceremony as fulfillment of that promise.Trump says the law represents one of the biggest reforms to the VA in a generation or more. He promised future steps to transform the VA 'until the job is done.'"
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ): Twitter
"For 3 years, we’ve fought to hold the VA accountable. Today, the #VAAccountability bill became law. https://t.co/2ljehybcMC This is an important step in our work to fix the VA and get our veterans the care they deserve."
Fox News: Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise
"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."
Daily Caller: Trump Signs Bipartisan Bill To Improve The VA
Improving the scandal-ridden VA was a campaign promise of President Trump’s. He said in a September campaign speech that 'our veterans, in many cases, are being treated worse than illegal immigrants.Trump stated at the signing ceremony that his administration is 'just getting started' at improving the agency. The president said that the U.S. has a duty to help veterans and that 'we will never forget what you all did for us, never.'"
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Twitter
"iava applauds @POTUS for his signature on the bill, urges the VA Sec to exercise his new authority as a part of his ongoing reform effort."
Washington Examiner: Trump signs 'one of the largest reforms to the VA in its history'
"The president noted the VA accountability legislation was part of his campaign promise to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and ensure officials who caused problems, such as those who led to the Obama administration's VA scandal, could easily be fired. 'Veterans were put on secret wait lists, given the wrong medication, given the bad treatments and ignored in moments of crisis for them,' Trump said of the VA scandal."
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Trump signs new law to allow VA to more quickly fire workers for poor performance
"We won’t be able to accomplish any of the reforms we need to in the VA if we don’t get the right people in place,' said VA Secretary David Shulkin, who with the support of the President, has pressed ahead with internal changes. Shulkin said this new law would 'make it easier and quicker to hold our employees accountable.'"
Wall Street Journal: Capital Journal (Twitter)
"Donald Trump signs into law a measure that gives the VA secretary more power to fire or punish bad employees https://t.co/SkMIvipAZQ"
Washington Times: Trump signs VA accountability act into law, promises better care for veterans
"The president, referring to unions’ opposition, said 'this was not an easy one.' We got it done. It’s a reform that I campaigned on, and now I am thrilled to be able to sign that promise into law,' Mr. Trump said."
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