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House GOP Leaders Demand More Action From Obama on VA

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 01:26 PM

House Republican leaders demanded more aggressive action from President Barack Obama to address the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and said the resignation of former Secretary Eric Shinseki isn't enough.

Shinseki's departure does not address "the fundamental problem" of "the abject failure of the department to meet the needs of our veterans," a letter from the House GOP leaders to Obama reads. The House leadership also issued an email press release with a link to the letter.

Shinseki stepped down last week amid furor after it was revealed that VA facilities had systematically forged records to conceal delays in care provided to veterans.

In their letter, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, insisted that the president needs to "direct the VA to cooperate with the House and Senate as both chambers conduct the necessary oversight."

"As you may also know, the department has repeatedly failed to provide the House Veterans Affairs Committee with timely information," the letter continued. "This is unacceptable and unnecessary. You yourself have said this problem should not be politicized."

The Republican leaders questioned how the Obama administration's pledge to "triage" the 1,700 veterans still awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital addresses nationwide failures within the VA system.

"In light of the systematic nature of this problem … how will you address veterans who are waiting for care across the country?" the GOP leaders wrote. "All veterans on waiting lists should be able to easily access care outside the VA without waiting for a potentially corrupt facility to approve their request. Our veterans should not be left in limbo."

The Republican House leaders urged Obama to lean on the Democratic-controlled Senate to act on a House-passed bill that would enable the VA to punish or terminate "underperforming" managers. Additionally, they stated a desire for the president to call on fellow Democratic leaders to support proposed alternatives that would allow veterans to seek healthcare outside the VA system.

On Tuesday, four Republican senators introduced a bill that would allow veterans to seek care at Medicare or Tricare facilities, CBS News reported. House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller plans to introduce legislation that would allow veterans unable to receive an appointment within 30 days to seek non-VA care.

"It is imperative that you lay out for the American people your vision for reforming what is clearly a broken system," the House GOP leaders said in their letter to Obama.

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In a letter sent to President Barack Obama, House Republican leaders demanded more aggressive action to address the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and said the resignation of former Secretary Eric Shinseki isn't enough.
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