Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
Headline: Congressman Biggs Calls for VA Secretary David Shulkin’s Resignation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Biggs released the following statement, calling for Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to resign:
“America’s veterans served with distinction and honor. They – and their families – made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. In return, we promised the best care and benefits. They depend on those commitments for their well-being and health care.
“Unfortunately, the United States has fallen woefully short of these responsibilities. Not only have we broken our trust with our veterans, we have placed many of them in harm’s way within the broken VA system. Several VA bureaucrats and employees have shamelessly disregarded their obligations to help our veterans, leading to a culture of inefficiency and complacency.
“Congress and President Trump realize that major reforms need to be made and have made some progress. Secretary Shulkin was appointed to ensure that veterans’ needs were prioritized. Unfortunately, Secretary Shulkin has not risen to the task. He has refused to engage with congressional representatives at a level commensurate with the seriousness of the challenges we face. I have lost faith in his ability to lead this department in the right direction.
“Veterans in my district deserve reassurance that the country they fought for is capable of fulfilling its promises to them. This does not seem possible under Secretary Shulkin’s oversight. I call on Secretary Shulkin to resign and encourage the swift appointment and confirmation of new leadership that will give the VA the momentum it requires to overcome its systematic failures.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.