WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today following the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
“I thank Secretary Shinseki for his 38 years of service to our great nation. While I am hopeful his resignation will lead to greater accountability and transparency within the VA, it is obvious the systemic, structural issues within this outdated agency will not be solved simply with a new face at the top. The President should use this opportunity to work with Congress on long-term, 21st century reforms that change the culture of the VA from the Secretary’s office to the clinics across America. Veterans should not feel like they are a burden to an agency whose very existence is rooted in ensuring their health and wellbeing, and we must make sure these heroes receive the care they earned and were promised. They protected us, and now is our chance to work together on solutions to fix a broken VA system that will protect them.”