Houses Passes VA Legislation
The House of Representatives recently passed three bills that impact veterans. The “VA Accountability First Act” (H.R. 1259), sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (Tenn.) and supported by FRA. This bill would increase the authority of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discipline and fire workers at VA while still protecting the legal rights of those employees. It would also strengthen protections for whistleblower employees at the VA. Further, H.R. 1367, sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio) would expand the authority of the VA Secretary to hire and retain physicians and other employees.
Lastly the “Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act” (H.R. 1181), sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (Tenn.), would prevent veterans who only need help managing their finances and are not a threat to themselves or others, from being banned from owning firearms. The bill would require determination from a judge or magistrate stating the veteran is a threat before the veteran could be put on the list of persons prohibited from owning guns. The bills now go to the Senate for further consideration.