Senator Toomey on the Resignation of Eric Shinseki from the VA

Friday, May 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of Secretary Shinseki:

“General Shinseki is a decorated, disabled U.S. Army veteran who served our country courageously for decades. For his service, we owe him a debt of gratitude. Nevertheless, his departure from the VA is an important first step in restoring confidence in a troubled department.

“Our men and women who served in uniform should be first in line for the best quality medical care in the world, and too often now, they are not. At the heart of this problem is poor management and lack of accountability, and we need to fix these problems without delay. President Obama should nominate, and the Senate should confirm, an experienced manager and leader who can restore a culture of excellence and ethics throughout the VA.”