More on Accountability
Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive the Golden Fleece Award for the rash of drug thefts at VA health facilities. Recent data from the Drug Enforcement Administration shows the rate of reported missing drugs at VA health facilities was more than double that of private sector hospitals.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) announced that this month’s Golden Fleece recipient is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during an interview on First News with Kevin Miller.
WASHINGTON – This week, the House passed the following veterans bills:
H.R. 1367, To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. H.R. 1259 would give the VA Secretary increased authority to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct.
Following passage of H.R. 1367 and H.R. 1259, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) stated:
WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 998, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2017. The SCRUB Act calls for a bipartisan commission to identify outdated and unnecessarily burdensome regulations that need to be repealed or modified. After passage of the bill, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) released the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) wrote a letter to Under Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and current VA Secretary Nominee David Shulkin informing him that his department would be receiving the Golden Fleece Award for February.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) announced that the entire Obama Administration would be the recipient of the Golden Fleece Award for January. A recent report from the American Action Forum found that the administration’s last minute environmental and other regulations would cost the U.S. economy $6 billion.
U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., hopes to learn more Thursday about allegations of significant financial waste at the Pentagon, and U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, said Congress must take part of the blame for “blocking even modest attempts to reform” the Department of Defense.
The Washington Post first published the story about a report identifying $125 billion in wasted money related to numerous inefficiencies at the Pentagon. Pentagon officials also are accused of burying the report to avoid giving Congress a reason to reduce the defense budget.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) and 85 other House Republicans wrote to Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker urging her to reconsider the administration’s decision to relinquish America’s authority in promoting free speech and open discourse on the Internet.
WASHINGTON – Today, following a 20-month investigation by Congress into claims that the Justice Department was requiring banks—as part of legal settlements—to fund groups that were politically aligned with the president, the House passed
H.R. 5063, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act. H.R. 5063 would prohibit government officials from requiring payments to third-party, non-victim groups as part of settlement agreements with the federal government.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) sent Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald a letter awarding the VA with the Golden Fleece Award for the mishandling of the $8 million solar panel project at the Little Rock VA Medical Center.