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Friday, May 30, 2014

Himes Calls for Shinseki to Quit as VA Secretary

By Ann Radelat

Washington –  Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, today became the first member of Connecticut’s congressional delegation to call for the resignation of Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“I am outraged by reports of delayed care and falsified records at VA facilities in Arizona,” Himes said in a statement. “I am equally appalled that dozens of other VA clinics are now under investigation for the same. Anyone at the VA who participated in or was aware of this gross mismanagement must be held accountable, without exception.”

Himes said Shinseki was not responsible for the scandal at the VA, “but when something goes wrong, the commander is responsible.”

Himes joins a growing list of lawmakers asking for Shinseki’s resignation for the fall campaign. Most of the Democratic lawmakers on that list are facing tough re-election races this year.

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