VA Accountability, Transportation Bills Clear U.S. House
(Washington, DC) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives continued its work to ensure quality care for Armed Forces veterans by passing H.R. 1994, the “VA Accountability Act,” granting the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) increased flexibility in removing poorly performing VA employees. Last year Congress passed – and the President signed into law – the “Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA),” which enacted a number of changes to programs and policies of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to increase access and reduce wait times at VA facilities. The passage of today’s bill builds upon those efforts.
“Our veterans have kept their promises to this country, and we must keep the promises that we’ve made to them,” said Rep. Woodall. “There are so many tremendous folks within the VA who serve our veterans with commitment and compassion, but those who do not shouldn’t be protected by a massive federal bureaucracy – and that’s what this legislation eliminates. It doesn’t remove common sense protections for hardworking men and women, but rather empowers VA officials with the discretionary authority they need to deliver the quality of service our veterans deserve.”
In addition to the VA accountability measure, the House approved legislation extending surface transportation funding for an additional three months as work on a long-term bill continues. Completion of the multi-year agreement is expected this fall.
“There is no doubt that we’re closing in on the long-term solution that will provide the certainty and predictability Georgians need,” Woodall continued. “Doing the big things takes time, and for far too long Washington didn’t tackle the tough questions about how we were going to pay for our infrastructure. I’m proud of the work we’re doing now to go about it the right way, and I’m confident we will get there soon.”
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.