White House: Trump to sign VA accountability bill on Friday

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At the VA medical center in the southwestern city of Phoenix, Arizona, some veterans died in 2014 while awaiting treatment.

That's why, just last week, the House of Representatives passed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. What happened was a national disgrace, and yet some of the employees involved in these scandals remained on the payrolls.

Trump has promised VA reform and greater care for US veterans since the early days of his campaign, which followed a scandal in 2014 and changes at the department due to long wait times at some VA locations that prevented retired servicemembers from getting necessary care.

Supporters and opponents of the bill believe civil servants in other government agencies could use it as a model as they seek to hold employees accountable for misconduct. The VA manages benefits and health care for USA military veterans.

The bill also turns another of Trump's campaign into law by creating a permanent VA accountability office, which Trump established by executive order in April.

"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", Lee said in a joint statement with Sens.

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The bill was a rare Trump initiative that received Democratic support.

"So many great Veterans Service Organizations across the country supported this legislation and I am grateful for their help in getting it passed and signed into law".

Right now, it takes up to 264 days for an appeal to move through the process when trying to remove a bad employee.

Most Americans in the workplace understand if they do not live up to the standards set by their employer, there may be consequences.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, called the bill signing "a significant step to reform the VA with a renewed objective and ability to serve our veterans". Critics say few employees are fired for malfeasance.

President Donald Trump signs the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington.

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