WASHINGTON — House lawmakers approved a pair of contentious veterans policy measures on Thursday which would make it easier to fire Veterans Affairs employees and allow some “mentally incompetent” veterans to own firearms.
Both measures have drawn criticism from Democrats in recent days, who questioned why the bills were rushed ahead of widely supported proposals like a plan to reform the appeals process for veterans disability benefits.
But Republicans insisted the legislation was needed to protect the health and welfare of veterans. Both measures passed largely along party lines
“We're here on the floor today to protect the constitutional rights of our heroes and to make sure we're taking care of them like we promised we would,” said Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.