House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers sent a letter to President Obama Wednesday calling on him to address widespread problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation is a first step, but many questions regarding the state of the VA remain unanswered.
In the letter, House Republicans identify specific concerns that should be addressed by the President to make sure our veterans get the care they deserve:
- Urge Harry Reid to pass the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, which passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority on May 21. This bill simply gives the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the ability to remove or demote senior officials who are underperforming.
- Direct the VA to cooperate with the House and Senate as both chambers conduct necessary oversight.
- Support House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller's proposed legislation that would give any veteran unable to obtain an appointment within 30 days the option to receive non-VA care, or offer an immediate, effective alternative.
You can read the full letter HERE.