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Jun 6, 2017

Senate Unanimously Passes Tester’s Bipartisan VA Accountability Bill

Bill Will Crack Down on Bad Employees Who Jeopardize Veterans’ Health Care

(U.S. Senate) - The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed Senator Jon Tester's major bipartisan reform bill to bring accountability to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA).

Tester's bill, which is co-sponsored by Chairman Johnny Isakson and Senator Marco Rubio, brings much-needed reforms to the VA by streamlining the process for reviewing and firing bad employees while protecting whistleblowers.

"This bill will crack down on bad employees who jeopardize veterans' health care while also protecting the hardworking folks who dedicate their careers to those who served," said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "I urge the House of Representatives to quickly take up and pass this critical legislation to make sure that the VA can provide the best possible care and benefits for veterans."

Tester's VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act will:

  • Allow the VA to more quickly fire bad employees without sacrificing due process rights.
  • Strengthen protections for whistleblowers.
  • Improve VA leadership through training and incentivizing managers to address poor performance.
  • Expedite the process for hiring VA Medical Center Directors.

Tester's bill has broad support from veterans, advocates, other members of Congress and leaders at the VA.

The legislation recently cleared a key hurdle after passing out of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee with bipartisan support. It will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

A summary of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act can be found online HERE.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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