05.21.14

Senator Burr: Veterans Want Action, Not Words

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement in response to this morning's White House press conference:

"I listened with great interest to the President's remarks on the unfolding VA scandals. Quite frankly, I am shocked that the President feels he needs to wait for the results of yet another Office of Inspector General (IG) investigation to take action. As we discussed in our committee hearing with the Secretary last week, there are at least four years worth of reports from the Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Special Counsel, and Office of the Medical Investigator highlighting the problems within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Yet we still can't connect the dots without a report on Phoenix? Veterans are tired of waiting for the next report, the next investigation, the next media "Breaking News Alert."'

"VA is broken, Mr. President. Veterans don't want the appearance of leadership on this issue. They want action."