Pearce Urges VA Secretary To Resign

May 29, 2014

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Following the release of the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report on the Phoenix VA Health System yesterday, Congressman Steve Pearce again urges Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. 

“I am appalled by the findings announced yesterday,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “Gross negligence at the Phoenix system is not an isolated problem. These issues are systemic within the VA and must be corrected immediately. The men and women who risked everything in the protection of our nation must be treated with respect, and be given the care we have guaranteed them.” 

“I thank Secretary Shinseki for his decades of service to the military,” Pearce continued.  “Unfortunately, his leadership and administration of the VA has not successfully provided the services and benefits to those he is supposed to serve.  As with the military, when a leader is not successfully completing his or her mission, that leader needs to be replaced. It is time for Secretary Shinseki to resign. At the end of the day, he, no one else, is responsible for the actions that took place within his department. If he refuses to resign, President Obama should remove him immediately and replace him with someone who will bring an end to the failures at the VA.”