Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) voted Tuesday for the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation would streamline the process to hold bad actors in the Department of Veterans Administration (VA) accountable and provide protections for whistleblowers to ensure that their claims are brought before the Office of Special Counsel for investigation.
“Our veterans sacrificed so much to bravely defend our nation,” said Ferguson. “We owe it to them to provide the highest quality care, in a timely manner. The series of scandals that has plagued the VA exposed the need for tougher accountability measures for employees and protections for those who bring cases of unacceptable care to light. I am proud to support legislation that would make it easier to weed out those who are failing to serve our nation’s heroes. It is time we restore the level of care and respect our veterans deserve.”
The Congressman attended a press conference with fellow members of Congress and veterans organizations following passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
The bill passed the House 368-55 and heads to the President for his signature. The legislation is supported by The American Legion, Concerned Veterans for America, Fleet Reserve Association, Got Your 6, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, United States Army Warrant Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America.