June 23rd, 2014
11:44 AM ET
6 months ago

Congress had chances over the years, but action on VA not enough

(CNN) – The day before Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in May, nearly 25 senators signed a letter calling for him to step down amid a widening scandal over delayed medical care for vets.

In the weeks before that, lawmaker after outraged lawmaker rose to denounce systemic problems at the sprawling agency that provides medical and other care to more than 8.5 million veterans. Reports of "cooked books," dying patients on waiting lists, and a warped management culture made headlines.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    This is nothing new. I'm just glad the spotlight has been put on it so the problem can be resolved. I commend Sen. Sanders and McCain for putting forth legislation to address the matter.

    June 23, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Thomas

    It's time the do nothing congress dose what there paid to do , and I don't mean what the Lobbyist are paying them . I mean what the American people are paying them.

    Was going into Iraq a good idea , yea or no ?

    Yes or No ?

    June 23, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The day before Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in May, nearly 25 senators signed a letter calling for him to step down amid a widening scandal over delayed medical care for vets."

    Oh, the irony is delicious; especially for those using this issue as their next grandstand soapbox talking points grand slam.

    I wonder ... have any of them attached blame to themselves on a "well ... WE ALL could have done better for our vets" level of competence?

    June 23, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Such hypocrisy from the GOP! Years ago in an NPR interview was asked why Congress didn't allocate more money to veterans, he responded that they wanted too much. Nothing has changed. Republicans STILL short change our vets and blame Obama.

    June 23, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    That was Tom Delay that I omitted in the last post...

    June 23, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Congress has no time for the vets that they sent to war. No way, they need to spend all of their time working their Taliban type magic to bring down the current POTUS. After all their #2 goal is to make him a two term POTUS....

    FIFY

    June 23, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Chris-E...al

    Yes dems will send the money all over the world as america crumbles to pieces ? Pure Stupidity folks but you know its the teaKLANs Bush and them 0 weakling rethugaklans fought and lack of attention and caring ? Yea right dems need to start leading smart and stop making excuses and and try to atleast try to act like teenagers and take them pampers off its time to grow up put on some man jeans and tuck your shirt in and go to work and dont come out of your room till you get something smart finished now that would be some change .

    June 23, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Rusty Krus

    @Chris-E...al
    Yes dems will send the money all over the world as america crumbles to pieces ? Pure Stupidity folks but you know its the teaKLANs Bush and them 0 weakling rethugaklans fought and lack of attention and caring ? Yea right dems need to start leading smart and stop making excuses and and try to atleast try to act like teenagers and take them pampers off its time to grow up put on some man jeans and tuck your shirt in and go to work and dont come out of your room till you get something smart finished now that would be some change .

    Chris
    Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.
    Thank you

    June 23, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    👋👋👋😍😍 thank you Rusty!!!

    June 23, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein

    Full thought must be put into every aspect before going to war. That means the reasons for going to war, how to win it and aftermath both there in the combat theater and those that come home. If none of those are sufficiently planned for, then we will lose something. It appears we are losing the confidence of those that served when the call went out. That is a shame. There is so much blame to go around; hope that there are many good ideas to solve this that people agree become effective and efficient.

    June 23, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |