Marco Rubio: Harry Reid Needs to Let VA Reform Bill Pass

Noting that his bill reforming the VA department now had a majority of the U.S. Senate co-sponsoring it, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring it for a vote. Rubio’s bill, which would give the VA secretary more authority to fire underpeforming employees, has 11 Democrats on board including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

“The only thing keeping these important reforms from being signed into law is Sen. Reid’s refusal to schedule a vote,” Rubio said on Wednesday. “In order to give veterans the care they deserve, the new VA secretary will need to fire employees who wrongly participated in this scandal. This legislation gives the secretary that power, which is why a majority of the Senate is co-sponsoring it. It makes no sense why Sen. Reid would not allow a vote.”

The House overwhelmingly passed its version of the bill last month, which was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
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