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Topic - Eric K. Shinseki
Within minutes of accepting the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled that their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services.
Eric K. Shinseki is a decorated combat veteran of the war in Vietnam, where he won three Bronze Stars. A talent for retreat is not something combat veterans cultivate easily, and on Friday Mr. Shinseki learned a brutal truth in the ways of Washington warfare.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday stuck by embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, saying that firing him would be the "easy" way out.
Staff at the Phoenix VA hospital doctored their records, keeping hundreds of veterans off the official waiting lists and ensuring some would never get to see a doctor for treatment, according to a preliminary audit released Wednesday that confirms some of the worst accusations in the burgeoning scandal.
To fire Eric K. Shinseki or not --- that is the question everyone in Washington is asking. Many, including major veterans' organizations and a lot of Republicans, think he should have been fired yesterday.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, called on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to investigate accusations that the VA submitted fake waiting list times in order to bolster its numbers while keeping secret lists of the actual wait times for patients.
Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has been secretary of veterans affairs throughout the entire Obama administration. During that time, the VA's budget has increased by almost 80 percent, the largest budget increase given to any Cabinet agency.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin on Thursday defended President Obama's hesitation to fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over the mismanagement scandal at VA hospitals.
As he struggles to contain the political damage from the widening VA scandal, President Obama met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on Wednesday and emerged to say he's pushing for quick, decisive action — but critics say it's another example of his employing strong rhetoric without actually firing anyone.
With criticism and anger mounting on both sides of the aisle, the White House on Tuesday struggled to explain exactly when President Obama learned of lengthy wait times and false reporting at Veterans Affairs health care facilities but defended its larger effort to improve care for the nation's veterans.
The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.
Eric K. Shinseki won't resign. The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs assured senators on Thursday that he would fix the bureaucracy that allowed 40 ailing veterans to die waiting for treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday he is "mad as hell" about allegations that at least 40 veterans died while awaiting care on a secret list at the Phoenix VA facility.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told Congress on Thursday that he's "mad as hell" about accusations against department hospitals, but vowed to stay on the job as he fended off questions about long wait times and charges that a Phoenix facility fabricated documents to hide its poor performance.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki will testify next week before a Senate committee in the wake of allegations that dozens of veterans died while waiting to receive medical attention.
"Nationally," he said, "VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy to promote our nation's energy independence, save taxpayer dollars, and improve care for our veterans and their families.