House Passes VA Reform Bill; White House Threatens Veto

The House passed a measure aimed at allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire or demote incompetent VA workers, but the White House is threatening to veto it.

The VA Accountability Act of 2015 passed Tuesday largely along party lines by a vote of 256-170, however, it did have some Democratic support, The Washington Post is reporting.

The bill was authored by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller. The Florida Republican said that it will allow the VA secretary “to remove or demote any employee for poor performance or misconduct.”

However, prior to the vote, the White House released a statement saying that it would veto the measure if it makes it to President Barack Obama’s desk, the Military Times reported.

“The bill could have a significant impact on the VA’s ability to retain and recruit qualified professionals and may result in a loss of qualified and capable staff to other government agencies or the private sector,” the statement said.