March 17, 2017 | Press Release

- Hagedorn strongly supports VA accountability, H.R. 1259 -

Blue Earth, MN – Democrat Congressman Tim Walz voted against H.R. 1259, the “VA Accountability First Act of 2017,” on March 16th. The bill passed the House by a wide margin, 237-to-178. See roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll168.xml

H.R. 1259 is intended to hold VA employees accountable by reforming federal civil service rules to enable the expeditious (30-60 day) firing and demotion of rogue employees and the denial of pension benefits to workers who perpetrate misconduct. Under current law, the process to remove a federal employee can take over 700 days.

The “VA Accountability First Act of 2017” was crafted in response to the systematic neglect of Veterans during the Obama administration, many of whom were placed on illegal waiting lists for treatment. Few, if any, of the VA’s 370,000 employees were fired.

Republican First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn criticized Walz for “placing the interests of government union bosses and federal bureaucrats ahead America’s Veterans.” In fact, Walz’s vote against VA reform is at odds with the overwhelming majority of rank and file Veterans and advocacy groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Concerned Veterans for America.

“I strongly support enactment of H.R. 1259, because we must implement bold solutions to reform the federal government and ensure that our fine Veterans receive the timely, quality medical care they were promised, have earned and deserve,” Hagedorn said.

“Let’s be frank, for six election cycles Tim Walz has promised to deliver results for Veterans; yet, after more than 10 years in Congress, Veterans are worse off today than when Walz was first elected. Sadly, Walz’s support of Veterans abruptly ends at the point Democrat politics begins,” said Hagedorn.

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