Wilson Responds to President’s Comments on VA Mismanagement

May 21, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s statement after meeting with Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki this morning.  In conjunction, the House is also scheduled to vote on H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014.

 “The mismanagement and lack of care our veterans are receiving from the Veterans Affairs Department is a disservice to our Nation,” Congressman Wilson stated. “Resolving these issues affecting thousands of those who have answered the call of duty to keep our families safe should be a top priority.

“Apart from working on this issue for years, I have visited Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, SC, and Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta, GA, both of which provide services and treatment to constituents who have honorably served.  Although I see encouragement by the officials running each of these hospitals, Congress must make reforms to ensure that progress can be made to give our veterans the treatment they have earned and deserve. 

“The President’s disingenuous comments earlier today show that this Administration is not willing to do what it takes to fix the growing problem.  Waiting for a bureaucratic report’s findings delays progress and does nothing to quickly address the severe backlogs and denial of services our veterans are facing each day.

“Today, the House will vote on a bipartisan bill that makes strides to help our veterans by holding VA hospitals and its leadership accountable.  All branches of government must work together to resolve this issue.  The passage of this legislation is a step in the right direction.  I encourage the Senate to take immediate action once this bill is passed and send it to the President’s desk for signature.”

*After learning of multiple incidents at Dorn VA and Charlie Norwood VA hospitals, Congressman Wilson encouraged and accompanied House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller to visit these facilities in January.