Boehner: Outrage Isn’t Enough, VA Needs Real Accountability Now |

WASHINGTON, DC – As evidence of gross mismanagement at VA hospitals across the nation continues to mount, the House took action today by passing the VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031), legislation that makes it easier to hold senior VA leaders accountable.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement:

“When the veterans who have put their lives on the line for this nation die because of delayed or improper care from the VA, we are all right to be outraged – but outrage isn’t enough.  Whether it’s the backlog, the secret lists, or the preventable deaths, it’s clear the problems at the VA constitute a system-wide epidemic.  At the root of it all is a culture of bureaucracy that protects the very people who should be punished, often giving them bonuses rather than a pink slip.  This bill paves the way for real reform and real accountability by making it easier to fire and demote senior officials at the VA who aren’t doing their job.  The president himself has said that taking care of our veterans is the ‘fundamental responsibility of the Commander-In-Chief.’  I hope he will take a significant step toward fulfilling that responsibility by supporting this bill, and calling on his party’s leaders in the Senate to do the same.  Every day without action is another day we risk more veterans being trapped in a broken system.”