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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Taylor voted in support of H.R. 2372, the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERANS) Act. This legislation allows veterans who are eligible for, but do not elect to be covered by, certain Veterans Affairs health programs to qualify for current law premium assistance tax credits. The bill also amends the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to provide the same rule with respect to the new credit for the purchase of health insurance.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor voted in support of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation would institute long-needed reforms at the VA by granting the Secretary authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, for performance or misconduct. Additionally, it provides protections for whistleblowers, and gives the Secretary the ability to reduce federal pensions or recoup bonuses for employees. Similar legislation, H.R.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor introduced legislation designed to strengthen accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. H.R. 2772, the VA Senior Executive Accountability (VA SEA) Act, would require the VA Secretary to furnish semiannual reports on the reassignment of senior executive employees at the VA, including the reason for their reassignment and the associated costs. Further, it would require the VA Secretary to personally sign off on senior executive transfers, thus adding an additional layer of accountability.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Scott Taylor voiced his support for three veteran-related bills before the House floor, today. H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, would require that each director of a VA medical center must certify compliance with the scheduling directive, prohibit VA medical center leaders from receiving awards or bonuses if their facility fails to certify compliance, and require the VA ensure that directives and policies apply to each VA office or facility, uniformly. H.R.
WASHINGTON D.C.- May 3, 2017—Today, Congressman Scott Taylor supported the bipartisan FY17 Consolidated Appropriations Act to fund the government through the end of September, averting a shutdown. The appropriations bill includes priorities of the Congressman, such as an increase from FY16 of $25.7 billion dollars for defense spending, funding for NASA including launches at Wallops facility, an additional $1.5 billion for border protection (the most in a decade), the largest military pay raise in 6 years, and sustained funding for Chesapeake Bay programs.
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I will fight to ensure that Congress does its job by keeping the government open. I support a full year appropriations bill for the remainder of FY17, as this would allow for an increase in defense spending while ensuring that vital government services aren’t shut down for the American taxpayers. Congress has been enacting continuing resolutions for years now. This hurts, among other things, multi-year defense projects, thus reducing predictability and driving up costs in the long term. An omnibus bill is much preferable.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 17, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support of H.R. 1367, which would help the VA to identify staffing shortages, and to recruit and retain high-quality employees and quickly hire qualified candidates.
Congressman Taylor said: “Let us always strive for the best care possible for those who have put their lives on the line for all of us. I am happy to support this legislation because this makes it easier to retain and recruit the best and highest caliber health providers for the VA. This is a win for our veterans.”
President Trump’s budget proposal is just that, a proposal; Article 1 Section 9 of the Constitution reserves the power of the purse strings to Congress. While we only have top line numbers from the President, I am happy to see the defense sequester being pushed away, but unhappy to hear funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been cut in the budget. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, the rest of Congress, and the President to ensure completion of our constitutional duty.
WASHINGTON D.C.- March 16, 2017—Congressman Scott Taylor announced his support of the VA Accountability First Act (H.R. 1259). The VA Accountability First Act grants the Secretary of Veterans Affairs additional authority to remove employees due to poor performance or misconduct, recoup bonuses and awards, increase whistleblower protections and reform the appeals process for veteran benefits.
Hampton, VA., January 18, 2017--Today, Congressman Scott Taylor visited the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Congressman Taylor had a productive meeting with key medical and administrative staff and was able to get a better understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities to improve care for our veterans. He also had the chance to speak with several individuals receiving care at the facility.