House approves bill to make it easier to fire at VA


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September 15, 2016 2:15AM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill aimed at making it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees for misconduct or poor performance — a source of ongoing tension with the Obama administration.

The Republican-sponsored bill was approved on Wednesday, 310-116. It would shorten the time employees are given to respond to proposed discipline or firing and would eliminate a provision that allows senior executives to appeal disciplinary actions to an independent review board.

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GOP lawmakers have been urging the VA to fire more workers as a key step to improving the scandal-plagued agency.

The bill is the latest in a series of efforts by lawmakers to respond to a two-year-old scandal over chronic delays for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the long waits.


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