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5/30/2014 11:19:00 AM
Senator Tim Scott Calls on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to Resign
Interim Report Shows Even More Widespread Fraud and Abuse within VA Medical Centers

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim (R-SC) today issued the following statement calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign or for President Obama to immediately fire him following mounting evidence of what the VA inspector general calls "systemic" problems at VA medical facilities:

“While Secretary Shinseki is a distinguished American solider and I appreciate his service to our nation, it is time for new leadership at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Every day, we hear more and more accounts of mismanagement, incompetence and corruption contributing to the deterioration in health or even death of some of our brave veterans. Our veterans and their families deserve better than 'secret’ waiting lists, shredded official documents and other nefarious activities in order to cover up backlogs of veterans’ claims.
“President Obama has a clear choice to make in the midst of this scandal. He can either continue to find the deplorable treatment of our veterans as just ‘extremely troubling,’ or he can actually lead. I believe that after Secretary Shinseki’s departure, President Obama must work with those of us who care passionately about the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. He must name a new Secretary who will be a reformer and fix the mounting issues facing veterans, head on. 

“No matter who is Secretary, I will continue to fight to eliminate the case backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs, demand answers to the troubling accusations of corruption, and ensure that our promises to our veterans are kept.”

Last week, Senator Scott, joined by 24 Senate colleagues, called on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation to launch an immediate, independent investigation of mismanagement, incompetence and corruption at the Department of Veterans Affairs.





Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Article comment by: John Grant

Please ask Mr. Tim Scott how many times he voted to raise the VA's budget? Please ask him how many times has he supported the veterans with anything more than platitudes? Please ask him if he has voted to cut the taxes of the top 1%? Please ask him if he's a real senator or only a Republican team player without an plan of his own? I find Mr. Tim Scott lacking in all ways politically and will be pleased on the day another, more worthy senator replaces him. And that day will be soon.



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