VA Boss Writes Op-Ed Amidst Howls for His Head

Democrats join in bashing Shinseki
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
VA Boss Writes Op-Ed Amidst Howls for His Head
This May 15, 2014 file photo shows Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifying on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

The calls for Eric Shinseki to resign are getting deafening, but the Veterans Affairs secretary doesn't sound like a man on the edge in an op-ed posted this morning at USA Today. Shinseki writes that yesterday's revelations "are reprehensible to me and to this department, and we are not waiting to set things straight." He says he's ordered health officials to contact all 1,700 of the veterans that were left off official waiting lists and get them "the care they need and deserve."

Democrats are increasingly joining the Republican chorus calling for Shinseki's head, Politico reports, with more than a dozen publicly doing so by last night. "Clearly, there is a systemic problem that this leadership has not been addressing," Al Franken said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal. So far President Obama has voiced only support for Shinseki, though Jay Carney says that Obama found yesterday's report "extremely troubling." (More Eric Shinseki stories.)

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