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Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy released the following statement regarding the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:

“Today, the President accepted Secretary Shinseki’s resignation. This was a necessary step and one that I welcome.

“The problems within Veterans Affairs extend far beyond any one position. Secretary Shinseki’s resignation is a start, but the VA needs more fundamental change.

“After personally investigating reports of backlog and deficient care in the VA and requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit major VA medical centers across the country, it was discovered in early 2013 that the scheduling policy in place at the VA was and is inherently flawed. It’s been nearly 500 days since House Republicans requested the VA implement reforms outlined by the GAO but yet none have been made.

“My fear is that the scope of mismanagement and mistreatment of our veterans goes beyond what has been already uncovered by the GAO and Office of Inspector General’s investigations. Our priority must be to continue investigating while working to reform the current system in order to prevent further mistreatment and harm from being done. The House will continue to act to instill accountability in the VA and provide our veterans with the care they deserve. We hope the Senate and President Obama will finally join these efforts.”