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October 22, 2014

Steve Israel Becomes First House Democratic Leader to Call for Shinseki’s Resignation

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DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York wants VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Steve Israel of New York is the first member of House Democratic leadership to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made his sentiments public during a CNN interview Thursday afternoon.

Shortly thereafter, Israel released an email statement to CQ Roll Call explaining his rationale.

“If it will help fix the problem to clean house, then yes, he should resign,” Israel said, “but my main concern is getting the root of the problem here, and I want to make sure any steps taken actually lead to drastic improvements for our veterans.”

Earlier in the day, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters during her weekly news conference that it was premature for Shinseki to step down. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., have also not yet joined their colleague, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in calling for the VA secretary’s resignation. And the White House is signaling support for Shinseki to stick around, at least for the time being.

But calls for Shinseki’s head have been mounting this week in light of the scandal over poor care and manipulated wait times for prospective patients at VA hospitals, particularly after the release of a damning report from the agency’s inspector general.

By Thursday afternoon, the number of members calling for his resignation were climbing toward the 100 mark, according to an ongoing whip count from National Journal.

  • John Cronin

    Is Steve Isreal Real

  • Mickey Kovars

    This is all programmed in advance: Shinseki will be sacked and the White House has notified Congressional Dems so they can now agitate for his removal. Phoney as a three dollar bill.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS FAILED THE MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD THE EXTENSION BILL “HOSTAGE” IN THE SENATE FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE, AND PARTY AGENDA. WHILE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE LOSS THEIR HOMES AND BECOME INDEBT, AND ARE IN FINANCIAL RUIN, THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE DELAYING THE PASSING OF THE BILL. NOW IT’S MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS, AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE BILL WILL NEVER BE PASSED. MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED DUE TO THE TOTAL FAILURE AND LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY OF THE REPUBLICAN SENATE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT FORGET THESE POLITICIANS IN THE COMING ELECTIONS, AND WILL VOICE THEIR CONTEMPT WITH THEIR VOTE. THESE POLITICIANS NEED TO BE OUT OF OFFICE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE CLEARLY SHOWN THEMSELVES UNWORTHY OF PUBLIC OFFICE.

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