Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

The President billed today's signing as a campaign promise the wake of scandals at the veterans affairs department in recent years. "What happened was a national disgrace", he continued.

Even worse, VA said it would have taken up to a year to fire a nurse who assisted in a veteran's emergency surgery while under the influence of alcohol.

"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", Lee said in a joint statement with Sens.

Last month in a press briefing, Shulkin said that under the current process, it takes a minimum of 51 days for an action by a manager to suspend, demote or remove an employee to take effect.

VA Secretary David Shulkin supports the measure. "We will not rest until the job is 100% complete for our great veterans".

The new law gives the VA secretary more power to fire employees who break department rules and increases whistleblower protections.

"I don't think this is going to be something that is abused", he said at an event just before the bill signing.

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The East Room ceremony was attended by the heads of veterans service organizations.

Mehta told News4Jax that Friday was a very big day for veterans, calling it a big step toward improving care for millions of people who have served the country.

"It's really important. It's about ultimately keeping our promise to veterans", Boozman said. The VA management continues its corrupt ways, while no one is held accountable except WB's. But it's a huge organization. He has repeatedly cited instances in which employees have been able to evade discipline because the department's hands are tied by overly long appeals processes. Dr. Donald Scholten said he is making good progress after being stabbed from "by his Adam's apple" up "to the angle of his jaw".

"Although marketed as a bill to make it easier to fire bad employees, the proposals are created to kill off and bury the apolitical Civil Service", AFGE President David Cox, Sr. said at a May 17 Senate hearing.

"We've seen our veterans failed by the VA for many years in many places".

Trump called the department the "most corrupt" and "most incompetently run agency in the United States" during the campaign when he released a 10-point reform plan for the department.

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