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In wake of preventable veteran deaths, Rubio touts legislation to hold top VA officials accountable

by George Bennett | April 3rd, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio joined House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, today to tout legislation that would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior VA employees based on performance.

The bill was introduced in February in response to reports of a persistent disability benefits backlog and preventable veteran deaths at VA medical centers across the country due to delays in basic diagnostic testing.

The issue has received renewed attention over the last week after the Tampa Tribune reported that VA officials wouldn’t reveal details on five veteran deaths in the region that includes Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson have pressed VA officials to provide more information.

2 Responses to “In wake of preventable veteran deaths, Rubio touts legislation to hold top VA officials accountable”

  1. Joe Says:

    So does this mean if an investigation reveals that the government shutdown perpetrated by conservatives or republican budget cuts in VA health services programs are the root cause for diagnostic testing delays that we can hold members of congress accountable for soldier deaths? I am highly skeptical that some hospital administrator was directly responsible for any of this. They do the best they can with the funding provided. If you cut the budget you have fewer resources to get things done in a timely manner. Sad but true fact of life but hey, if you can score political points by chopping the heads of some mid level bureaucrats why not go for it Mr. Rubio

  2. RadioMain Says:

    Well said Joe!!

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