Trump signs bill mak­ing VA fir­ings eas­ier

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Trump signed a law Fri­day that makes it eas­ier for the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs to fire em­ploy­ees for wrong­do­ing and adds pro­tec­tions for whistle­blow­ers in the VA.

Re­spond­ing to an Obama-era scan­dal in which vet­er­ans died wait­ing for doc­tor’s appointments, Mr. Trump said the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Ac­count­abil­ity and Whistle­blower Pro­tec­tion Act of 2017 will “make sure that the scan­dal we suf­fered so re­cently never, ever hap­pens again.”

The pres­i­dent signed the bill into law in the East Room, at a White House cer­e­mony at­tended by dozens of vet­er­ans, fam­ily mem­bers and law­mak­ers. The law had bi­par­ti­san sup­port in Congress but faced op­po­si­tion from unions rep­re­sent­ing VA em­ploy­ees, who warned that the new pro­vi­sions could make it eas­ier for man­age­ment to re­tal­i­ate

against em­ploy­ees for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

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