Senate drops ball on VA Management Accountability Act
The bill making it easier to fire incompetent Veterans Affairs officials was blocked in the Senate recently. Sen. Marco Rubio stated, “I’ve come to this floor here today to give my colleagues the opportunity to send this to the president before we leave for the Memorial Day recess. We have an opportunity right now to take up the bill that the House just passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, enact it into law by unanimous consent, and send it to the president so he can sign it.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders objected to that request, saying that while he agrees with many pieces of the House bill, the Senate has not held a hearing on it. He said, “Some of us are old-fashioned enough to know that maybe folks in the Senate might want to know what is in the bill before we voted on it.”
Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of The House, had urged passage of the Affordable Care Act and worry about what’s in it later. Now the Senate won’t take the time to read and pass a three-page bill to support our voluntary armed forces.
This attitude is hypocritical, political, appalling and disgusting. I am disappointed and just plain mad at the performance of our federal government and the way our country has been managed. We need to have people running the government who have management experience and are willing to put the needs of the country over the needs of a political party or agenda.
If Congress would put the effort of taking care of our veterans that they have into attempting to change the name of American Indian athletic mascots, it would be more productive. If Congress really wants to do something for the American Indian, why not give them back their land that was taken from them?
— Ronald Kramer