Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki took to the opinion page of USA Today on Thursday to outline everything he's doing to fix the "reprehensible" scandal plaguing his department. It's a start, but probably not enough to stop the growing list of members of Congress calling for his head. (Update: Shinseki has resigned.)
As soon as Wednesday's preliminary report from the VA's Office of Inspector General found that delayed medical care to veterans and cooked books is "systemic throughout" the nation's VA hospitals, many members of Congress who were on the fence quickly called for Shinseki to step down. Here's a list of every member of Congress calling for him to resign, or for President Obama to force him to resign. (Updated Friday 11:37 am)
Sen. Richard Burr
Burr, the top Republican on the Senate Veterans Committee, drew the ire of several veterans groups when he criticized them for not calling for Shinseki's resignation. "I must recognize and commend ... the American Legion team for taking a principled stand, before the hearing and during it, and calling for leadership change at the VA," he wrote.
Sen. Rob Portman
President Obama should immediately remove VA leadership, hold those responsible accountable, & fire Sec. Shinseki http://t.co/iXMz1LcqOM— Rob Portman (@robportman) May 29, 2014
Sen. John Boozman