Eric Shinseki may be gone, but House Republicans say they won’t let go of the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs anytime soon.
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The secretary’s resignation under political duress on Friday fit a Beltway pattern that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had warned about when he repeatedly declined to call for Shinseki’s ouster in the face of reports that, under his watch, officials at the VA had covered up lengthy waiting lists and allowed veterans to languish without proper healthcare.
His exit “changes nothing,” the Speaker insisted Friday, as he and other senior Republicans made clear the House would proceed with its investigation of the department and pursue more legislation to help veterans get speedier treatment.
“One personnel change cannot be used as an excuse to paper over a systemic problem,” Boehner said in a brief appearance before reporters at the Capitol. “Our veterans deserve better, and we will hold the president accountable until he makes things right.”