Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom this morning to discuss how Congress is working to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
On today’s vote in the House on the VA Accountability Act:
“This is a bill we passed in 2015, we passed last Congress. Finally, we’ve got it through the Senate to come back to us. If you look at the history, there are great employees in the VA, but there are some bad apples that harm the entire system. An individual had to go to jail, but was able to take time off and come back to work. An individual was found drunk and actually performed surgery. A psychiatrist was actually working with a veteran but watching inappropriate videos as he was performing the work he was supposed to do, but none of those individuals could be fired. None of those individuals would survive anywhere in the private sector or anywhere else.
“This will empower the VA secretary to get rid of the bad apples so the good employees could actually rise to the occasion and make sure we care for our veterans. It will also protect whistleblowers so they can actually bring forward those places that are not doing well inside the VA and we can solve this problem once and for all…. The President is waiting for this bill to get to him. And so we will move it off the floor of the House today, and you know what, we’ll set another record for more bills being signed by a President in this timeframe since H.W. Bush.”