Congress Subpoenas Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki


The House Committee on Veterans Affairs voted Thursday to subpoena Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs after reports called the department’s hospital administration practices into question.

The House vote comes amid mounting pressure on Shinseki to retire after reports surfaced that 40 veterans died while waiting to see doctors in Arizona, and that the VA had a secret list of 200 veterans who waited more than 200 days for treatment. The American Legion and the Concerned Veterans of America, two of the nation’s largest veterans groups, as well as Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Jerry Moran of Kansas have called for Shinseki to resign in the wake of those reports. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped short of calling for Shinseki’s resignation, but did say that “a change of leadership might be a step in the right direction.”

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