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Sen. Rockefeller expresses support of Shinseki

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller, the longest-serving member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement in response to calls for the resignation of Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“I remain fully confident that Secretary Shinseki is the right person to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under his leadership, the VA health care system has made tremendous progress – the backlog of pending claims has been halved, and millions of veterans continue to receive top quality care annually. And as a veteran himself who has made it his life’s work to defend our nation and care for our veterans, I know Secretary Shinseki is focused on improving the VA and will take swift action to address any instances of misconduct determined by the Inspector General.

“We must also recognize that the VA is facing major challenges because Congress has made the choice to underfund this agency, even as thousands of our troops continue to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We will never address the root of the problem, nor will we give the VA an opportunity to meet its obligations to our veterans, unless Congress makes the right decision to provide the VA with the resources it needs to provide health care for our veterans.”

Last week, Rockefeller issued the following statement during the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on the allegations of misconduct at the VA: http://www.rockefeller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=92b58fbc-dc81-4800-9a1d-35002344e611


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