War on Our Vets: Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal Blocks Rush Vote To Pass VA Accountability Legislation
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal blocked a rush vote Tuesday in the Senate to pass accountability legislation allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary to fire employees at-will.
The rush vote came a day after GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio published an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times arguing that accountability legislation is needed now more than ever because of desperate negligence, misconduct and dismal performance at the VA.
Rubio pointed out that it’s so difficult to get rid of bad eggs that an employee was able to take a veteran to a crack house, steal his check, collect overtime and buy drugs for the vet. A year later, the employee was still on board with the VA. Additionally, investigators recently found that 307,000 veterans died while waiting for health care application processing. The VA knew about the problem since at least 2010. Nothing was done, and no one was held accountable.
But none of Rubio’s arguments held water with Blumenthal, who quickly blocked the up-or-down vote by killing a motion for unanimous consent, which put an end to the attempt. Blumenthal has previously proposed his own version of accountability legislation.