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Landrieu calls on VA chief to step down

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNOE 8 News/Landrieu Press) —U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today called on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in the wake of a report that shows senior VA officials deliberately hid long wait times for veterans seeking health care.

"Sec. Shinseki has served our nation with distinction for many years in many capacities, including 38 years in the Army. We should be grateful for his service. Unfortunately, the latest revelations of senior officials at the VA hiding unacceptable delays in providing care to veterans happened on his watch. Regrettably, it will take a new leader with new and effective tools and additional resources to fix these systemic problems and provide the quality and timely care that our veterans have more than earned and deserve. Louisiana's 300,000 veterans and millions more across the country have held up their end of the bargain, the least we can do is to hold up ours," Sen. Landrieu said.

Last week, Sen. Landrieu successfully added an amendment to the bill that funds Military Construction and Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2015 that provides the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire or demote senior officials for reported mismanagement at VA hospitals across the country. The bill will also freeze bonuses for senior executives until the VA produces a plan to eliminate the current backlog and waiting lists.

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