House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans say that they intend to keep the pressure on President Obama over the mismanagement of the Department of Veteran Affairs, despite the departure of secretary of the agency Eric Shinseki.
“One personnel change cannot be used as an excuse to paper over a systemic problem,” House Speaker Boehner said. “Our veterans deserve better. We’ll hold the president accountable until he makes things right.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Boehner never directly called for Shinseki to step down from his role as some Republicans believed that such a move would take the heat off President Obama.
With President Obama’s falling popularity a possible benefit to the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections, lawmakers are keen to keep the focus on the VA scandal and to link it to other examples of what they claim is evidence of mismanagement from the Obama administration, such as the glitch-ridden rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.
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