Veterans’ Affairs Committee Approves a Bill Making it Easier to Fire Federal Employees

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BY ERIC KATZ

The House moved closer on Wednesday to stripping all employees at the Veterans Affairs Department of most of their due process rights, looking to expand a law enacted last year that applied only to VA’s senior executives.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved the 2015 VA Accountability Act by a party line vote, with Republicans calling it necessary to change the status quo at the department and Democrats arguing the bill oversteps sound policy. Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., accused the panel’s Democrats of prioritizing VA’s workforce over those it serves.

“This is about what’s right,” Miller said in an impassioned defense of the legislation, which he authored. “The status quo doesn’t work. Are you going to stand with the veterans or stand with the bureaucrats?”

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