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Cornyn Responds To Shinseki Testimony


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today responded to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's refusal to commit to firing those responsible should recent reports of neglect, deception and gross mismanagement be confirmed by an agency-wide audit:

"Contrary to the Secretary's dismissive attitude, the VA will not continue to operate in no-man's land and there will be consequences if these reports are found to be true.

"If 40 veterans died while waiting for care on a secret list and if reports in Texas are true, individuals must be fired, the Secretary will have no choice but to resign, and there must be a top-to-bottom revamping of this dysfunctional agency."

This week, Sen. Cornyn submitted several questions to Secretary Shinseki, including asking him to confirm that any bonuses or pay raises are on hold for senior leaders at Texas VA facilities under investigation.

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