U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, recently reintroduced the Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act, according to a news release from the senator's office.
Moran, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said the legislation would ensure senior Department of Veterans Affairs executives and health care employees convicted of a felony related to their position at the VA cannot receive the same benefits as those who honorably serve the veterans, according to the release.
The bipartisan bill unanimously passed the full Senate Dec. 10, 2016, but was not voted on in the House of Representatives before the close of the 114th Congress, according to the release.
“Those who violate the sacred trust of our nation’s veterans should not be rewarded with unjustly guaranteed benefits at taxpayer expense,” Moran said in the release. “While the vast majority of VA employees honorably serve our veterans, the VA has routinely made excuses for the few who do not. This legislation would provide some measure of justice for veterans abused under the VA’s care. Its value is reflected in the unanimous support it received in the Senate last month, and I will work hard to see it enacted by the 115th Congress and made law.”