The House easily passed legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior employees, a proposal that gained support after allegations of mismanagement at the agency.
The bill has the backing of veterans groups like the
“President Obama is known for talking about accountability without ever holding anyone accountable,” House Majority Leader
During a news conference Wednesday, Obama vowed to fix the problems at the agency, but rebuffed calls to fire VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.
The Senior Executives Assn., which represents federal workers affected by the proposed rules, said the law would deny workers due process and subject career civil servants to the whims of a political appointee.
“While it may seem like a quick fix to fire or demote VA executives (one-third of whom are themselves veterans), our veterans deserve more than a bogus solution,” SEA President Carol Bonosaro wrote to members of
Lawmakers have introduced several other proposals in direct response to the VA controversy. Two Republican senators offered a bill to prohibit the payment of bonuses to Veterans Health Administration employees through the next federal fiscal year.