Vote Explanation for H.R. 1367 — To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes

I voted in favor of H.R. 1367, which would improve the authority of the VA Secretary to hire and retain physicians and other important VA employees. This bill establishes staffing, recruitment, and retention programs to enable the VA to draw and maintain a talented and quality pool of physicians and employees. This bill would improve the VA in a variety of ways, including establishing an Executive Management Fellowship Program; requiring political and career appointees to be assessed annually on their ability to recruit, train, and retain qualified employees; expanding veterans’ preference in federal hiring processes to include retired members of the armed forces, national guardsmen, and reservists; and encouraging students and recent graduates who volunteer, intern, contract, or complete a fellowship with the Department to consider full employment at the VA.

Unlike the VA Accountability First Act, H.R. 1367 is an example of bipartisanship and putting politics aside to place the veterans first. I look forward seeing this bill through the Senate to improve care for our veterans.