A statement from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
“Why did President Obama wait to address this situation only to ask our veterans for more time and to offer nothing but words? We’ve known about these problems for weeks—facilities cooking their books, veterans dying while waiting for an appointment and bonuses being handed out to those in charge. The Administration, we now know, has known about them even longer. Our veterans have had enough. They deserve results. And we all deserve more from our President. It’s time for an independent investigation.”
President Obama, breaking his silence on the Veterans Affairs scandal, outlined steps Wednesday to “fix whatever is wrong” at the agency — while stopping short of heeding calls to sack VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
The president described Shinseki as a “great soldier” who has “put his heart and soul into this thing.”
At the same time, Obama is bringing in the White House deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, to oversee a broader review. He dispatched Nabors on Wednesday to Phoenix, where allegations of patient deaths tied to delayed care first surfaced.
“We’ve got to do better,” Obama conceded, while indicating he wants to wait for the conclusion of internal probes before addressing whether any more top officials should resign.
Previously, my friend Chris Short blogged about his problems dealing with the VA in this post:
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.