(Washington, DC) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) applauded the bipartisan passage of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, in the House today. This legislation allows the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the latitude to remove high-level bureaucrats in the Department for poor performance of their duties.  The process for removal is now in-line with that currently used for the termination of professional staff from the offices of Members of Congress. Congressman Dent is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“All Americans were appalled and angered by the recent reports about veterans losing their lives while being placed on secret ‘wait lists’ for care at VA facilities. The fact that these were not isolated incidences but instead seem to be common protocol is despicable,” said Dent.

“This bill gives Secretary Shinseki the authority to make sure that the people reporting to him know that they will face harsh consequences for failing our veterans. We’re giving him the ability to muck out those individuals who allowed this perversion to become policy,” said Dent. “He better use it.”

Dent urged the Senate to quickly take up and pass this vital legislation.

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