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June 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting in favor of S. 1094, the “VA Accountability & Whistleblower Protection Act,” which passed the Senate by voice vote on June 6. This bill is a bipartisan compromise crafted by Senators Rubio, Tester and Isakson that begins to address the systemic governance issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 368 to 55.

“Our nation’s veterans and their families deserve the best care for their sacrifice for our country,” said Rosen.

“Passing legislation that ensures accountability is neither a Republican issue nor a Democratic issue – it’s an American issue. This sweeping legislation provides the necessary reforms to restore public trust in one of the largest-serving government agencies, holding bad VA employees accountable all while ensuring protections for good employees who are hard at work serving our country’s veterans.”

“I am glad to see Congress come together to pass bipartisan legislation and believe that if we find common ground, we can work to improve the lives of countless hardworking families everywhere.”

BACKGROUND: S. 1094, the “VA Accountability & Whistleblower Protection Act,” gives the VA authority to hold bad employees accountable – by expediting the removal, demotion, or suspension based on performance or misconduct – while still maintaining protections for the hardworking men and women who are committed to providing our nation’s veterans and their families the quality care and benefits they have earned and deserve.