Kansas Legislators Comment On Shinseki Resignation

WASHINGTON (WIBW)-- U.S. Sen. Moran and Congresswoman Jenkins released statements on VA Sec. Shinseki's resignation.

U.S. Sen. Moran (KS) was the first U.S. Senator to call for Secretary Shinseki to resign on May 5th, said this about Shinseki's resignation.

“Leadership matters; Calling for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation did not come lightly to me, but accountability starts at the top and the step taken today is just the beginning,” Sen. Moran, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said. “We now need accountability and true reform within the VA all across the country. For this to occur, we need a fresh perspective and a leader who is willing to shake up the VA’s bureaucratic culture. I believe this individual should not come from within the current dysfunctional system that is failing our veterans. I hope the President is willing to give veterans an individual they can trust to take the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in a new direction, and give veterans hope that the VA can move beyond its failures and provide them with the care they earned and deserve. We should not rest until our veterans have a Department of Veterans Affairs worthy of their service and sacrifice.”

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-2) had the following statement.

“The story does not end today. This scandal does not end with someone resigning. The mismanagement at the VA goes beyond phony waiting lists, it is a widespread epidemic. Veterans are waiting for results, not scapegoats from their Commander-in-Chief.

“The President needs to show he is capable of leading. This is not a partisan or political issue; this is an American tragedy that we need to fix. We owe it to our older veterans, we owe it to those who are coming back home today, and we owe it to our future heroes who will serve our country.

“The House took the first step in passing the VA Management and Accountability Act, and despite more than 160 House Democrats voting for the bill, the Senate has blocked it. Senator Reid, Mr. President, it’s time to act.”

Posted by Greg Palmer