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Ranking Member Tim Walz Applauds Passage Of Overdue VA Accountability Legislation

Jun 13, 2017
Press Release
Congress to send bipartisan VA accountability bill to President for signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Today, House Committee on Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that will increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vote comes a week after the U.S. Senate passed identical legislation. The bill now heads to the President for consideration.

“I applaud my colleagues in Congress for passing this incredibly important and overdue legislation that will give the VA Secretary the tools he needs to hold bad employees accountable while maintaining Constitutionally mandated workplace protections for good employees, protecting whistleblowers from retaliation, and upholding collective bargaining rights for civil servants,” said Walz. “This bipartisan legislation will bring real, long-lasting accountability measures to the Department of Veterans Affairs in a way that will stand up to Constitutional muster.”

“The passage of this legislation signifies the culmination of years of hard work by Members on both sides of the aisle to find common ground and affect positive change in the lives of millions of veterans across the country. I thank Chairman Roe for his leadership, willingness to compromise, and tireless dedication to our nation’s heroes and their families.”