Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith Votes to Increase Accountability at the VA

Sep 14, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith and House Republicans voted to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs by giving more authority to the VA Secretary to hold employees accountable for poor performance or misconduct. By a vote of 250-171, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5620) passed in the House and will go on to the Senate.

Congressman Smith: “Under existing law, it’s nearly impossible to replace employees at federal agencies like the VA, no matter how bad their behavior or work product. This bill takes a positive step forward by allowing the VA Secretary more flexibility to remove employees. The VA should not employ individuals who falsify records and ignore the needs of Veterans.”