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Marco Rubio's VA Reforms Take New Form in the Senate

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., cheered the news that parts of his bill giving the VA secretary more room to fire incompetent employees was going to be incorporated into a compromise measure brought forth by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Earlier in the week, Rubio announced more than half of the Senate was co-sponsoring his bill. A similar proposal from U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., passed the House last month.

For months, Ive worked with Rep. Jeff Miller and veterans organizations to pass legislation empowering the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire incompetent and negligent managers, Rubio said on Thursday. In recent days, Ive worked with Sens. Burr, McCain and Sanders to ensure that this important proposal was included in their veterans bill that the Senate will consider in coming weeks. I am pleased that real accountability measures are included in the legislation. Considering the deep debt of gratitude our nation owes our veterans, Im optimistic that the Senate will soon join the U.S. House of Representatives and pass these important reforms. As we look forward to voting on this bill, I will be reviewing it closely to ensure it delivers on Americas promises to our veterans.

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