V.T. Senator Sanders To Introduce Legislation In Response To VA Scandal

May 26, 2014

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll introduce legislation after the Memorial Day break that will improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The comments from the Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee follow allegations that some Veterans Administration hospitals have been providing substandard care to their patients and falsifying records.  Sanders says his legislation would make it easier for a secretary of veterans affairs to remove a senior executive due to poor job performance.  Sanders also says he'll reintroduce broader legislation--which Senate Republicans blocked last winter--to improve veterans' health care, education, job-training and other benefits.