Walorski backs call for VA Secretary Shinseki's resignation

The lawmaker has long pushed for the rights of veterans and complained of the backlog they face in receiving medical care.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski backs a push for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Walorski has pushed hard on veterans issues and she gave the Republican radio address in March backing a bill to permit removal of top U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials for performance-related issues.

On Monday, May 5, American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said in Indianapolis that Shinseki and two other VA officials should resign.

He complained that leadership in the department "has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership,” according to the Washington Examiner. “VA leadership has demonstrated its incompetence through preventable deaths of veterans."

In a subsequent phone interview Monday, Walorski said she backs the call.

"Enough is enough," said Walorski, a member of the House Veteran's Affairs and Armed Services committees. "I think this was the right move at the right time with the American Legion."

Speaking from her Jimtown-area home, she said she expects more support for the resignation of Shinseki and two other VA leaders from both sides of the aisle.

"Let me assure you, this is not a partisan issue," said Walorski, who returns to Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Frustration among other House lawmakers dealing with the issue has been "through the roof."

Walorski has complained of a backlog many veterans face in getting health care at VA facilities and worse.

“There is no excuse of delayed care for the millions of men and women who have fought and defended our country. Unfortunately, it has taken dozens of wrongful deaths due to VA negligence, including 13 in Indiana, for the mismanagement at the VA to get the attention it rightfully deserves,” Walorski said in a statement.

Walorski is the sole Republican candidate for the 2nd District U.S. House post in Tuesday's primary. She's seeking election to her second term.

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