Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy broke away from Democratic party lines on Thursday to vote in favor of the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. Legislation that would make it easier for leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs to terminate under-performing employees.
Aside from Murphy, the vote from the Central Florida delegation went down party lines with Republican Congressmen Daniel Webster and Ron DeSantis voting for the bill, while Democratic lawmakers Darren Soto and Val Demings voted against the legislation.
The Congresswoman from the 7th District was one of two lawmakers that were part of a digital media buy by the Concerned Veterans of America group urging her to vote “yes”. The other lawmaker, former Republican Governor turned Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist voted “no”.
The bill now heads to the Republican controlled Senate, where it’s sponsor is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. White House officials have signaled that Donald Trump will sign the measure into law if it reaches his desk.
Murphy’s district is home to the Lake Baldwin VA Clinic, which was championed by her Republican predecessor John Mica, a constant advocate for accountability at the VA and the new VA Hospital at Lake Nona which opened last year.
“Our veterans deserve our strongest support and the best care possible.” said Murphy “It’s past time we hold the VA accountable and demand the highest standards for those who take care of our veterans. This is not a partisan issue, this is a responsibility we have to those who serve our great country.”