VA accountability act up for vote in Congress

PHOENIX - Wednesday U.S. Congress will vote on a bill that could change accountability at VA hospitals across the nation.

It's called the VA Management Accountability Act, and it aims to give the VA secretary more power to fire managers who aren't performing up to standard.

The American Legion and over 100 bipartisan lawmakers support it.

"At the end of the day, you can't fire them. It's nearly impossible to fire them unless they've been found guilty of some kind of criminal conduct or extreme negligence," said Dan Caldwell with Concerned Veterans for America.

The veterans' group is fighting for the bill this week in Washington D.C.

"This is something we think will help remove poorly performing managers of these hospitals that are manipulating wait times, that are cooking the books when it comes to wait times," he said.

Supporters said it's just the first step to fix the VA.

The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday around 11:30 Arizona time.

At least five Arizona representatives support the bill.

It will go to the Senate next if it passes.

Also announced Tuesday, a presidential adviser is heading to Phoenix Thursday to meet with VA hospital leadership.

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