With a White House official in town to tour the Cincinnati Veteran Affairs Medical Center, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio on Thursday said he's joined more than a dozen senators in backing legislation meant to fix the troubled department.

Brown is one of 13 senators, mostly Democrats, who introduced the Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014, meant to bolster accountability at the VA while improving veterans'care.

"This legislation empowers the department to make fair, quick, and meaningful personnel changes that remove poor performing executives and hold those who are found manipulating data accountable for their actions," Brown said in a statement.

The legislation is in response to allegations that certain VA facilities were falsifying wait time data to make it look as though they were meeting national standards. The department's inspector general is looking at 42 hospitals for problems.

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