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Breaking: House Veteranís Affairs Committee Unanimously Votes to Subpeona VA Secretary
Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Larry Provost

Posted on 05/08/2014 10:21:01 AM PDT by Kaslin

This morning the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee unanimously voted to subpeona all emails and written correspondence from Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki, and other senior VA officials, regarding destruction of any “wait list” that existed for Veteran’s appointments at the Phoenix, AZ Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. The subpeona comes after weeks of stonewalling by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs after revelations that Veterans may have died due to being placed on a wait list at the Phoenix, AZ facility.

Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R) explained during that hearing that the senior leadership of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has been asked at least three times to provide information to the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee in regards to the alleged wait list that may have led to the deaths of up to 40 Veterans who were connected to the Phoenix, AZ Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

The ranking Democratic member of the Committee, Rep. Mike Michaud, said during the hearing that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has not been helpful in regards in regards to the three previous requests on this issue and that “the response received yesterday (from VA) was insufficient” in regards to to two simple questions regarding the alleged wait list.

Particularly troubling are recent allegations that the alleged wait list was destroyed. The Veteran’s Affairs Department has denied the existence of such a list but Dr. Sam Foote, a retired Department of Veteran’s Affairs doctor, and others who are speaking off record, allege that the VA is lying about the existence and destruction of the wait list that may have had the names of over 1,400 Veterans on it. Further, internal Department of Veteran’s Affairs emails not only point to the existence of such a list but point to disgust at the prospect of Veterans having to wait so long for appointments with one staffer writing, “That is unethical and a disservice to our Veterans.”

The House Veteran’s Affairs Committee vote to subpeona the senior leadership of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs was not only unanimous but is very nearly unprecedented. Chairman Miller said that this was only the second time the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee voted to subpeona documents from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The previous subpeona was never served due to almost immediate compliance by the Deparment of Veteran’s Affairs. It remains to be seen if the Department will comply with the subpeona or possibly face further action by a body that has held Attorney General Eric Holder and former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

Secretary Shinseki is so far refusing to step down and the President is standing by the Veteran’s Affairs Secretary.

The controversy over the Department of Veterans Affairs allegedly maintaing a wait list for patients, that may have caused Veterans to die and was possibly later destroyed, is but the latest in a series of troubles for a Department plagued by a claims backlog and other issues. The subpeona is also the latest in a series of administration issues being investigated by the Congress after Benghazi and IRS scandal. In each case, the administration has stonewalled requests from Congress to clear up the situation.

The move by the House Committee follows another nearly unprecedented action after The American Legion, the nation’s largest Veteran’s organization with over 2.4 million paid members, demanded this week that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resign. According to The Washington Post, The American Legion has not called for the resignation of a cabinet member in 1941, over 70 years ago.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: housecommittee; shinseki; shinsekisubpoena; vahospitals; veteransaffairs

1 posted on 05/08/2014 10:21:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

More select groups to examine the problem, make recommendations, and then have them totally ignored by Obama and the VA. Whitewash, rinse, repeat.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 10:22:29 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Kaslin

And it’s yet ANOTHER scandal ..... is there any area that Obama/his thugocracy/Administration are responsible for that hasn’t risen (or maybe I should say ‘sunk’) to scandal level?


3 posted on 05/08/2014 10:27:28 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Kaslin

It wasn’t just a wait list. It was a secret wait list. The VA in Phoenix had been publicly crowing about only having a 30 day wait time. When they became unable to meet that standard they started keeping two sets of books. They’ve also been turning away veterans who had non service related ailments.


4 posted on 05/08/2014 10:28:37 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Kaslin

Democrat administrations don’t demand competence from government employees. Democrat administrations do demand loyalty from government employees to the Democrat Party. That’s the problem.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 10:29:16 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
The most lawless administration in the history of the USA.

And the GOP will take no concrete action.

6 posted on 05/08/2014 10:41:05 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Kaslin

Wow. Even the RATs on the committee voted for it. Shinseki is a chump. An affirmative action general and cabinet member, for sure.


7 posted on 05/08/2014 10:47:48 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: clintonh8r

They will mess around with any groups but they stir clear of the Vets usually.


8 posted on 05/08/2014 11:27:19 AM PDT by kempster
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Shinseki is the dupe general that took the prestigious Black Beret from the elite Army Rangers, spent millions on a Chinese contract to supply the beret for all in the Army so they could feel elite, then after a few years have the Beret banned. What a feel good moron General.
9 posted on 05/08/2014 11:30:02 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: clintonh8r

Shinseki is a hero to the left because he spoke out against Bush during the Iraq war. He wont be thrown under the bus unless this story starts to lead news stories and the MSM wont allow that.


10 posted on 05/11/2014 3:35:19 PM PDT by StevieRay20
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