Guthrie comments on VA Secretary resignation


June 3, 2014

Congressman Brett Guthrie, on Friday, May 30, issued the following statement following the announcement that the Secretary of the VA, Eric Shinseki, has resigned:

“Secretary Shinseki made the right decision. An interim report by the Inspector General confirmed what we had heard - catastrophic wait times and secret lists hiding the urgent needs of patients. The VA needs a new set of eyes to properly audit its facilities, and I believe that removing those who allowed this horrific situation to occur is the right decision. It’s time for swift action and a strong response.

“The House has taken action by passing several targeted bills, and more work lies ahead. Combined with continued oversight, I am confident we will be able to learn how these systemic failures happened and introduce new policies to prevent them from happening again.”