Posted on 04/13/2017 4:10:00 AM PDT by IBD editorial writer
Firing Offense: Democrats are constantly bleating about the need to better serve the nation’s veterans. Yet when it comes down to it, they would rather bow to their union masters than allow the VA to fire workers who aren’t doing their jobs.
The proof is the Democrats’ fervent opposition to a simple reform being pushed by Republicans — the VA Accountability First Act. This bill would let the Veterans Affairs secretary fire someone and not have to wait a month for the person to actually be fired. It would also let the VA cut the pensions for those convicted of a felony, and reclaim bonuses from those fired.
The bill got some needed momentum after a VA worker was caught watching porn while with a patient. VA Secretary David Shulkin wanted him fired immediately, only to learn that the worker is entitled to spend a month — at taxpayer expense — on desk duty before being shown the door.
“I need the authority as secretary to remove these people immediately,” Shulkin said.
Even so, the bill is just a tiny step toward improving this dangerously dysfunctional agency, which three years ago was embroiled in a scandal over excessively long wait times for veterans seeking health care and efforts by executives to cook the books to hide them.
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