Hurt: Reforms Needed Now at VA to Prevent Future Problems

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

June 8, 2014

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee will hold another hearing on Monday to demand answers on the scandal surrounding many of the nation's VA hospitals.

The hearing comes as a top pick to take over the troubled agency has withdrawn his name from consideration. Vietnam veteran and heart surgeon Toby Cosgrove has said he doesn't plan on leaving his current job.

Republicans are pushing President Barack Obama to name a new head at the VA after the resignation of secretary Eric Shinseki, but the acting secretary is moving forward with investigations and improvements.

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-5th District) says it's only the beginning of reforms.

"I think we have to find out a) what has happened, how has this happened, hold those accountable that need to be held accountable," he said. "But most important, we need to impose reforms to make sure this doesn't happen in the future."

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee will get an update on the VA's own internal review during Monday's hearing.

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