Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate failing to pass H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, which would have made it easier to fire incompetent Veterans Affairs officials:
"In 2012 the Senate had an opportunity to address this issue and did nothing. Now, two years later, the Senate has another opportunity to do something and instead is delaying action for another month. A bill to hold VA officials accountable for failing to provide prompt medical care for Veterans overwhelmingly passed the House. If I were in the Senate today, I would demand the Senate stay to do what it takes to get this bill passed and sent to President Obama for his signature. Instead the Senate is using delay tactics to avoid holding VA officials accountable for their actions. While the Democratically controlled Senate uses procedural tactics that will result in denying more Veterans the prompt care that we owe them, nothing is being done to help those that are currently being denied care on extended wait list. If I were in the Senate today, I would demand legislation providing Veterans on these wait lists immediate access to the provider of their choice outside of the VA service through a voucher system."