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House passes bill to allow VA chief to more easily fire workers
House passes bill to allow VA chief to more easily fire workers

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 VA Management Accountability Act was first introduced before the recent firestorm over reports that VA medical facilities concealed long waits for healthcare. But the recent developments led House leaders to accelerate its consideration. The bill has the backing of veterans groups like the American Legion and a bipartisan list of co-sponsors in the House. Republicans called it an important first step to help the administration fix apparent widespread problems...

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