Skip to comments.Breaking: House Veteranís Affairs Committee Unanimously Votes to Subpeona VA Secretary
Posted on 05/08/2014 10:21:01 AM PDT by Kaslin
This morning the House Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously voted to subpeona all emails and written correspondence from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki, and other senior VA officials, regarding destruction of any wait list that existed for Veterans appointments at the Phoenix, AZ Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The subpeona comes after weeks of stonewalling by the Department of Veterans 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 Veterans Affairs has been asked at least three times to provide information to the House Veterans 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 Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The ranking Democratic member of the Committee, Rep. Mike Michaud, said during the hearing that the Department of Veterans 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 Veterans Affairs Department has denied the existence of such a list but Dr. Sam Foote, a retired Department of Veterans 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 Veterans 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 Veterans Affairs Committee vote to subpeona the senior leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs was not only unanimous but is very nearly unprecedented. Chairman Miller said that this was only the second time the House Veterans Affairs Committee voted to subpeona documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The previous subpeona was never served due to almost immediate compliance by the Deparment of Veterans 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 Veterans 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 nations largest Veterans 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.
More select groups to examine the problem, make recommendations, and then have them totally ignored by Obama and the VA. Whitewash, rinse, repeat.
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?
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.
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.
And the GOP will take no concrete action.
Wow. Even the RATs on the committee voted for it. Shinseki is a chump. An affirmative action general and cabinet member, for sure.
They will mess around with any groups but they stir clear of the Vets usually.
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.