January 27, 2017

Republicans Call on Trump to Exempt VA Caregivers from Hiring Freeze

Featuring Katherine Kidder

Source: Military.com

Journalist Richard Sisk

The top Senate and House Republicans on veterans issues called on President Donald Trump Thursday to lift the federal hiring freeze at the Department of Veterans Affairs for doctors, nurses and other caregivers.

"One of our government's highest priorities -- and VA's single most important mission -- is to provide timely, high-quality care to the men and women who have bravely served our nation in uniform," Sen. Johnny Isakson and Rep. Phil Roe said in a letter to Trump.

"On behalf of the over six million veterans nationwide who rely on the health care system, we are writing to respectfully request that you provide guidance indicating that exempting VA direct patient care providers is consistent with the tenets of and latitude permitted in your January 23rd Executive Order pertaining to a Federal civilian employee hiring freeze," the letter said.

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