Congressional delegation supports Shinseki resignation

Both Nebraska Senators and Third District Congressman Adrian Smith supported the decision Friday by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to resign his post.

Smith said "General Shinseki has a long record of honorable service to our country. However, given the nature of the problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, his resignation is appropriate.

"The mismanagement and culture of bureaucracy which led to these problems will not be solved by this resignation alone. We must continue to pursue the investigation and reforms to ensure veterans have access to the quality health care they deserve."

Senator Deb Fischer said "The resignation of Secretary Shinseki is an important step toward achieving accountability at the VA. I encourage the president to appoint a new secretary capable of overhauling this entrenched bureaucratic culture focused on promoting all the wrong priorities. This is also an opportunity for us to seriously reconsider the way we deliver care to our veterans and explore ways to restructure the agency to better fulfill its mission. The first priority must be finding a way to quickly deliver care to those veterans who have been waiting. "

Senator Mike Johanns said ""Sec. Shinseki has honorably served our nation, but faced with the facts released earlier this week, it's clear the VA is in need of significant changes to provide the care our veterans have been promised." Johanns added "As a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I will press forcefully for the implementation of the inspector general's initial recommendations and any future recommendations to ensure the corruption is stopped and never repeated."

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