Tuesday, August 27, 2013

House votes to cut salaries, deny bonuses to Veterans Affairs officials

The 2014 spending bill for the VA already includes new funding to help the department handle this backlog. But members also voted in favor of a few amendments to penalize the senior officials responsible.

By unanimous consent, members approved language from Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), which would cut the salaries of senior VA officials by 25 percent unless the VA reduces the number of older disability claims. The language says claims more than 125 days old would have to drop to 40 percent of all claims to avoid this salary cut.

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