VIDEO: Yoder Floor Speech on VA Accountability Legislation
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the importance of passing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, legislation that creates a new streamlined process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct.
The House passed the VA Accountability Act by a 368-55 vote, with Rep. Yoder’s support. Last week, the bill passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to President Trump’s desk for signature into law.
To watch a video of Yoder's remarks, click here.
The following are Yoder’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight Congress making more important strides on behalf of our nation’s veterans.
“The last few years, we’ve all heard stories about employees at the VA who’ve failed in their duty to serve and protect our veterans.
“It’s true that most VA employees are hard-working and dedicated, but as we’ve come to find out, there are bad actors who must be removed.
“Strangely, as the VA has tried to fire or discipline these bad actors, the existing bureaucracy and red tape has stymied Secretary Shulkin’s ability to do so.
“That’s why the House will pass the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act today to create a more efficient and effective system to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct.
“Our bill still ensures due process and actually expands protections for whistleblowers. But importantly it will let the VA Secretary do his job and clean up the department.
“Mr. Speaker, protecting our nation’s veterans isn’t a political issue. It’s a cause we all must champion, and I encourage a bipartisan vote on today’s bill.”