2011 audit of the VA revealed the agency paid its senior executives a total of
$2.8 million in bonuses in the 2011 fiscal year. In 2012 that total was $2.3
million, all while the number of unresolved veterans' claims has continued to
on the House floor in support of the amendment, Rep. Roby thanked chief sponsor
Rep. Rothfus, and spoke of the personal nature of the ongoing issue.
"Each case represents a person who has
served his or her country. Each case represents a veteran who may have earned a
benefit but is currently being denied that benefit because of bureaucratic
delay," Rep Roby said. "An award of a bonus should be a special recognition of
success and accomplishment – not a right or a routine payment."
Roby's office says the problem isn't budget related. In the last four years, the number of VA
claims pending for longer than a year has grown by 2,000 percent despite a 40
percent increase in the VA's budget.
The House passed
the full bill with the Rothfus/Roby/Tipton/Kelly Amendment on Tuesday evening
by a vote of 421 to 4.
the ability to award bonuses until that backlog is cleared is a commonsense
good government policy, and I am pleased to support my colleague's amendment.
It is a strong step in that direction," Roby said.