WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the below statement following President Obama’s meeting with Secretary Shinseki:
“President Obama has finally engaged what is happening at the VA under his watch, but I remain concerned that there remains insufficient attention devoted to this crisis and the care our veterans deserve. The President has paid sparse attention to this crisis or the veterans impacted. President Obama is known for talking about accountability without ever holding anyone accountable. While the President took little action this morning, the House will act today.
“The House has been investigating the abuses at the VA for well over a year now. Today, the House will pass a bill that gives Secretary Shinseki the authority to terminate the employment of incompetent senior leaders at the VA. The Senate should pass it swiftly so President Obama and Secretary Shinseki can start utilizing that authority. Time is of the essence, for the sake of our veterans who deserve better. Senior leaders at the VA must be held accountable, and the White House must continue to answer for the treatment of our veterans."