Scott Statement on No Vote on VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on his No vote on H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016:
“Once again, Republicans have put forward a bill that fails to address the systemic issues the VA is facing, such as the disability appeals claim backlog and doctor, specialist, and nurse staffing shortages. Instead, this bill makes it easier to fire rank-and-file VA employees, who under current law can already be fired for cause. Due process protections for civil service employees began well over a century ago to protect employees from arbitrary and political firings. I voted no on H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, because it strips VA employees of these due process protections."
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