Rep. Paul Cook Votes Hold VA Officials Accountable

WASHINGTON D.C. ____  Wednesday May 21, 2014, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 4031, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014.” This important legislation grants the Secretary of the Veterans Administration the power to fire senior executives whose performance warrants removal.

Under the current system, it is nearly impossible to fire or dismiss incompetent senior executive employees, and often such individuals are more likely to receive bonuses than be held accountable for their negligence.

Cook said, “With the reports of secret waitlists that may have led to the deaths of at least 23 veterans, it is more important than ever to make sure that the executives responsible for such gross negligence are held responsible. This bill sends a clear message to the VA that Congress won’t stand for this kind of treatment of our nations’ heroes.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.