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Trump signs bill aiming to hold VA employees accountable

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday as part of the U.S. government's push to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs and holds its employees accountable.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act pushes to protect VA employees who expose problems and make it easier to fire workers for wrongdoing. The measure passed the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support.

Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama, as well as lawmakers, have pushed to improve the agency following revelations of negligence and long wait times at facilities. The VA manages benefits and health care for U.S. military veterans.

Before signing the bill Friday, Trump said it is one step to "make sure the scandal of what we suffered so recently never, ever happens again."

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