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Friday, May 30, 2014

Thompson Statement on the Resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Thompson Statement on the Resignation of Secretary
Eric Shinseki from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-PA, today issued the following statement after President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):  

"Secretary Shinseki is a dedicated public servant who has served this country with distinction, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his service. Unfortunately, it has become very clear that his continued service as the top official at the Department of Veterans Affairs will distract from the urgent task of investigating these deplorable abuses and holding the VA accountable,” stated Rep. Thompson. 

“Clearly, the bureaucratic challenges that have plagued much of our veteran health care system will not be solved by a new face at the top,” Rep. Thompson added. “However, it is my hope this decision will heighten the level of urgency and thoroughness with which this investigation is carried out and corrective action is taken.”

Earlier today from the House floor, Rep. Thompson discussed H.R. 4031, the VA Management & Accountability Act, which passed the House last week with bipartisan support.  

"So much more must be done to correct these specific abuses and begin the process of restoring the trust of our veteran population,” Rep. Thompson said. “Passage of H.R. 4031 is one small but important step in this process.”

Rep. Thompson is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4031, legislation that makes it easier to hold senior VA leaders accountable.  The bill allows the VA Secretary to remove any individual from the Senior Executive Service if the Secretary determines that the individual's performance warrants such removal.


Anonymous said...

This week Thompson voted for a tax break that is estimated to increase the deficit by a quarter of trillion dollars over the next decade. Over the past couple years he has voted against multiple veteran benefit bills because they would add to the deficit. Now he complains about a the bureaucratic nightmare that the VA is by adding more bureaucracy while increasing the power of the House

Anonymous said...

Yup. He's a republican.

Anonymous said...

If only we could get Thompson and Corbett to resign!