Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerLawmakers unveil bills to speed up airport wait times Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return Overnight Cybersecurity: Watchdog report dings Clinton email security 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 UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (D-Colo.), said it would prevent officials from being rewarded while the department is not keeping up with veterans' benefits claims.
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.