A vote count was not recorded.
"We're going to pass that, it will go right to the president and get his signature", McCarthy told reporters. Jon Tester, and Georgia Sen. "I hope it's worth the wait". The act will now be presented in the House of Representatives for its approval before it can make it to the president's desk.
Further, while the bill would in general shorten the notice, response and appeal process in disciplinary cases, certain additional protections would apply if employees allege the action was reprisal for whistleblowing.
The bipartisan bill would lower the burden of proof required to dismiss VA employees.
In 2014, the VA was rocked with scandal after a some Veterans died while waiting months for appointments at the Phoenix VA hospital and employees created secret lists to cover up the delays.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 5, 2017.
Law states federal employees are allotted 30 days advance written notice before they're fired, demoted or suspended.
The VA and lawmakers have used a few examples when advocating for the legislation.
The move means that all patient data will live in one common system. The Merit System Protection Board previous year reversed the VA's attempt to discipline them.
"Our Veterans deserve better than outdated systems that lead to increased wait times and often inaccurate information when scheduling appointments with VA medical facilities and doctors", Carter said.
"The overwhelming majority of the people who work at the VA are good, hard-working employees who serve our Veterans well", said Sen.
"You can imagine I'm incredibly pleased that my Senate colleagues today passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act", Rubio said. "They'll be held accountable for their actions".
The bill will now go to the House. But the bipartisan measure is considered to be more in balance with workers' rights than a version passed by the House in March.
The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, is opposing the bill. The bill also protects whistleblowers by not allowing Shulkin to fire employees who have filed a formal complaint regarding conduct at the VA.
"The innocent will be fired without cause".
Several amendments to the bill proposed by Democrats were shot down by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
"This is not a punitive measure", Sen.
"This is the strongest accountability measure for the VA that can be signed into law", Isakson said. "It is supported by dozens of Veteran service organizations, the office of special counsel, and the secretary himself". Many Veterans groups see it as a solution to rid the agency of a perceived culture of corruption. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
Dan Caldwell, policy director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America, hailed the bill's passage as "long overdue". "We hit a wall in the Senate in 2015 and 2016, but now, with the new political environment, we've finally been able to get movement". Veterans across the country were paying close attention to who supported this effort.