Chairman Miller Statement Regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement today ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address.
“After President Obama’s motorcade drove directly past the epicenter of the biggest scandal in VA history – the Phoenix VA Health Care System – earlier this month without even bothering to stop, many are wondering if he will ever give his Department of Veterans Affairs the personal attention it so desperately needs. Changing the culture at VA is a monumental task, and without the president leading by example it will be next to impossible. That’s why I hope the president will use tonight’s State of the Union address to pledge his personal involvement in helping the department overcome its many challenges. Does the president even realize that in the wake of the department’s massive wait time scandal his VA has not fired a single executive for medical care wait time manipulation, or that his Department of Justice has not prosecuted a single VA employee in connection with the schemes? Unless he addresses these problems head on, many in the veterans community will be left wondering.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs