Support Grows for Bills to Boost VA Firing, Restrict Its Unions

Government Executive: An array of groups and lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a bill to expedite the firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees, saying it would improve accountability efforts while maintaining important due process protections.

VA officials also threw their support behind the measure during the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, though they said minor corrections were required to avoid constitutionality concerns that plagued previous efforts to reform the disciplinary process at the department. The Justice Department raised the concerns to VA after reviewing the legislative text for any potential problems.

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