Senator Floats Bill For Stricter VA Hiring Standards

By Rachel Graf (May 15, 2017, 6:40 PM EDT) -- Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a bill that would prevent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from hiring or transferring employees who have been convicted of work-related felonies within the past 10 years or had their medical licenses suspended or revoked.

Introduced on Thursday, the Clean Up the Department of Veterans Affairs Act of 2017 would also allow the department to fire current employees who have been convicted of work-related felonies in the past 10 years or whose medical licenses have been suspended or revoked while working at the VA.

"It's time to clean up the VA, and that starts...

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