Bill would prevent bonuses for VA senior officials

Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerPoliticians share pup pics for National Dog Day GOP senator: Anti-fossil fuel candidates ‘not fit’ for federal office GOP rips 'reckless' Gitmo transfers MORE (R-Colo.) has introduced legislation to prevent senior Veterans Affairs Department officials from receiving bonuses until there is no longer a claims backlog.

Gardner, who is running for Senate in a competitive race against Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Colo.), said it would prevent officials from being rewarded while the department is not keeping up with veterans' benefits claims.

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"Bonuses are typically handed out as a reward for a job well-done," Gardner said. "It’s appalling that there are some high-level officials at the VA who treat our nation’s heroes in this manner, yet are still rewarded with bonuses."

In addition, Gardner's measure would establish a commission to evaluate the VA backlog.

"It is equally important that a new system is developed to clear the backlog of cases that currently exists," Gardner said.

Gardner's bill is one of several proposals in recent days to overhaul the VA. For instance, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) on Friday introduced legislation that would allow veterans to get care outside VA facilities if wait times are too long.

Earlier this month, the House voted 390-33 to give the VA secretary expanded authority to fire or demote senior executives.

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