Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014. H.R. 4031 will give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, the authority to terminate senior executives involved in the recent VA “secret waiting list” scandal.
“Our veterans have put their lives on the line to protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy in our great Nation,” said King. “It is intolerable that any veteran should have to suffer – let alone be outright deceived – because of delayed treatment they need and deserve.
Widespread lack of mismanagement and accountability in the VA have contributed to the deaths of 40 veterans on a ‘secret waiting list’ that caused lengthy wait times, and increased claims backlog. I am pleased the House passed this bill. Granting Secretary Shineski the authority to fire negligent senior executives at the VA will not provide justice for the deaths of these veterans, but it will provide a level of accountability and Congressional Oversight. However, this does not fully fix the problem. What has happened here is a systemic tragedy that seems to be growing like a virus across this country and I don’t think we’ve even caught up with the breadth of it yet. The VA needs an overhaul that rightly prioritizes those coming into the system and gives those, especially veterans, the care and attention they need.
If the VA can become such a big, government, bureaucratic mess, how bad will Obama Care become?”