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House Approves Bill to Make it Easier to Fire at VA

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The House has approved a bill aimed at making it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees for misconduct or poor performance - a source of ongoing tension with the Obama administration.
    
The Republican-sponsored bill was approved on Wednesday, 310-116. It would shorten the time employees are given to respond to proposed discipline or firing and would eliminate a provision that allows senior executives to appeal disciplinary actions to an independent review board.
    
GOP lawmakers have been urging the VA to fire more workers as a key step to improving the scandal-plagued agency.
    
The bill is the latest in a series of efforts by lawmakers to respond to a two-year-old scandal over chronic delays for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the long waits.

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