Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement on the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki:
“Yesterday, I called for the resignation of Secretary Shinseki, and I’m pleased that he offered his resignation this morning, and that the President accepted it. While Secretary Shinseki has made real progress at the VA on several fronts, the preliminary IG report and the VA’s own audit make it clear that the systemic problems are wide-sweeping and inexcusable.
“Veterans across the country, including my veterans in Ventura County, require access to health care without delay. That will be my primary and immediate focus. Going forward, we must also determine the extent of the problem at VA facilities across the country regarding wait times, make immediate changes to fix them, and hold those accountable. Our veterans deserve nothing less.”