VETERANS FIRST BILL ADVANCES THROUGH SENATE COMMITTEE - May 13, 2016
Senate Panel Approves Major VA Accountability Bill
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on Thursday afternoon unanimously approved a major legislative package that affects how the Veterans Affairs Department hires, fires, pays and manages its workforce of more than 300,000 employees.
Panel members reported out the nearly 400-page omnibus bill, known as the Veterans First Act, in an afternoon markup in the hopes of advancing the legislation to the Senate floor sooner rather than later. VA Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has said he wants to get a negotiated bill passed by both chambers to President Obama before Memorial Day. Lauren Gaydos, a spokeswoman for the committee majority, said they didn’t know when the full Senate would consider the legislation.