Shea-Porter Votes to Improve VA Oversight
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today voted in favor of a bipartisan proposal to improve care for veterans by holding VA employees accountable, and against a poison-pill version of the proposal that would undermine collective bargaining rights for VA employees, one-third of whom are veterans; expose whistleblowers to retaliation; and protect high-level executives at the expense of lower-level VA employees.
“Our veterans deserve the best care we can possibly provide, and that means we need to hold VA employees accountable when they perform poorly and fail to deliver for those who have served,” said Shea-Porter. “I’m committed to finding bipartisan solutions to solve the systemic management challenges that have made it too difficult for many veterans to get the care they deserve.”
The substitute amendment Shea-Porter voted in favor of was originally drafted by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, a Republican. Offered today by House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tim Walz, the bipartisan proposal would provide the VA new tools to hold employees accountable.
A former military spouse, Shea-Porter understands the challenges facing our military families and veterans. This Congress, she has cosponsored 18 bipartisan bills to improve services for veterans, including the WINGMAN Act, legislation she co-introduced and the House passed earlier this year to make it easier for certified Congressional caseworkers to assist veterans. She has been a leader in the fight to lift the harmful federal hiring freeze that is damaging the VA’s ability to provide care and limiting employment opportunities for returning veterans.
In January, Shea-Porter reintroduced the Veterans Health Equity Act, a bill that would remedy New Hampshire’s status as the only state in the nation without a full-service VA hospital or equivalent access. The bill has been cosponsored by every member of the New Hampshire delegation, Republican and Democratic, since Shea-Porter first introduced it in 2008.