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Bilirakis Applauds Major VA Reform Legislation Signed into Law

June 23, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, joined President Trump today at the White House for the signing of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. He issued the following statement after the bill was signed into law.

“Today is a significant day for our nation’s true heroes – our Veterans and their families. We have seen scandal after scandal come out of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and today we turn to a new chapter. The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act puts meaningful reforms in place to ensure VA employees are fulfilling their duty to serve Veterans.

“If a VA employee is involved in misconduct, they should be demoted, suspended, or fired. Certainly not promoted or given a bonus. If a VA employee sees misconduct and wants to report it, they should not fear retaliation. This legislation is common-sense, and strongly bipartisan. I am proud of the work done with my colleagues on the House VA Committee under the leadership of Chairman Roe, and I stand with our President committed to upholding our country’s promise to Veterans,” said Bilirakis.

The legislation passed the House in a bipartisan 368-55 vote, and was unanimously approved by the Senate. Click HERE for more information about the bill and HERE to view the full legislative text.