Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

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"I just want to say two very simple words: Thank you", Trump said to USA veterans. This is a bipartisan bill that will give the VA secretary the power to fire bad employees, and also protect whistleblowers who come forward. "What happened was a national disgrace", Trump said Friday.

"Those entrusted with the sacred duty of serving our veterans will be held accountable for the care they provide", Mr. Trump said.

The bill was prompted by a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting for care.

The measure ensures that VA employees who are terminated will not remain on the VA payroll while appealing their terminations.

Trump says the law represents one of the biggest reforms to the VA in a generation or more.

The Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed the house by a 368-55 vote earlier in June, CNN reports. It passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote. Montana Sen. Jon Tester said the bill "will protect whistleblowers from the threat of retaliation". The Senate bill calls for a longer appeal process than the House version - 180 days versus 45 days.

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The bill also turns another of Trump's campaign into law by creating a permanent VA accountability office, which Trump established by executive order in April.

"We won't be able to accomplish any of the reforms we need to in the VA if we don't get the right people in place", said VA Secretary David Shulkin, who with the support of the President, has pressed ahead with internal changes.

"The ultimate goal is nothing less than a transformation of the culture within the VA so that our veterans receive the best care possible", McCarthy said.

Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to improve health care services for veterans and the efficiency of the agency, which was rocked by scandal several years ago.

President Donald Trump (2nd L), first lady Melania Trump (L), and Vice President Mike Pence (R) applaud during a Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday in Washington, DC.