They’re Heroes, Not Burdens

Communications • June 13, 2017

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the Secretary to dismiss poorly-performing employees and those who engage in misconduct while ensuring appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.

“The VA’s sole mission is to serve our veterans. Yet time and time again, the Department is disconnected from that mission, treating our veterans like burdens instead of heroes. Today the House took an important step to hold those whose jobs are to serve our veterans accountable for their misconduct and for failing to maintain the standards that our servicemen and women deserve. This unified Republican government is committed to those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. I’m grateful to Chairman Roe and the Veterans Affairs’ Committee for their tireless work ensuring that our veterans have a voice and receive the care they need.”

NOTE: Earlier today, Chair McMorris Rodgers led a House Republican Leadership press conference about the need for VA reform. Click here to view her remarks.