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President Obama called the alleged misconduct at Veterans Hospitals dishonorable and disgraceful during a statement Wednesday.

“Listen, if somebody’s mismanaged or engaged in misconduct, not only do I not want them getting bonuses, I want them punished,” the president said.

Obama made the comments after meeting with Veteran Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki and top White House aide Rob Nabors.

Several lawmakers have called for Shinseki to resign, but President Obama says Shinseki is staying in his administration.

“I know that Rick’s attitude is if he does not think he can do a good job on this and if he thinks he’s let our veterans down then I’m sure that he is not going to be interested in continuing to serve. At this stage, Rick is committed to solving the problem and working with us to do it.”

The president’s announcement comes after reports revealed at least 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA last month and that there was a cover-up of the backlog.

Senator Charles Grassley says the president should be outraged and that he isn’t doing enough.

“I think the president was wrong to praise the secretary of Veterans Affairs for doing a good job when there is obvious evidence out there that he doesn’t have his handle on the problem,” Sen. Grassley said.

White House officials are visiting Phoenix today to begin an investigation into the allegations. They are expected to give their report to the president next month.


    • William Denison

      Id bet your not even a vet Bob.Just some republincan to coward to serve his country but more then willing to steal from it blind.

    • Troy Hendrickson

      Oddly Bob, Mr. Grassley, despite being so concerned for veterans was given the opportunity to do something about a veteran killed through gross negligence in the VA hospital in Des Moines, and he did and said nothing. Neither did any republican, including Branstad. So spare us your partisan BS, these problems have been going on under the last 4 presidents.

      In fact it;s disgusting how you and others turn veterans into political pawns.

  • William Denison

    Chuck Grassley has done nothing but vote for cuts to veterans programs.
    What a two face liar he is.

  • Ruby

    Well my father in law is a Vet, I have a son who is 29 and a vet and currently 1 more son serving. I also have a nephew serving so I don’t want the usual mumbo jumbo from Obama and his minions. Actions speak louder than words. Time and Time again, Obama and his administration have shown that they don’t give 1 red cent as to the care or concerns of our vets. BLAH BLAH BLAH that’s all he says.

  • Right Wing Patriot

    Blah, blah, blah. Just like you promised to get to the bottom of the NSA scandal, Bengazi scandal, the AP scandal and the IRS scandal. The corruption is staggering. I understand supporting folks on your political side, but this is getting ridiculous. At some point a person has to stand for what’s right. I was a Nixon supporter until I found out about the cover up. Then no more…..he had to go.

  • Randall

    Have to revive this thread considering how the republicans are now yelling shame and how dare you when all along it was THEY that created this mess with the VA.
    I hope but doubt very much that GW realizes creating wars creates vets and creating vets especially vets that served in his war(s) will naturally overload the system.
    And still today republicans cut cut cut vet benefits.
    (ie see Paul Ryan’s current budget that all republicans voted for)

    Apparently these people not only believe the average American can’t figure the truth out, they rely on exactly that.
    If people think the VA is a mess today, vote republican this November and enable Paul Ryan’s budget. Talk about death panels. U aint seen nothin yet.

  • Randall

    2012 – Republicans block bill that would have help create jobs for return Iraq and Afghanism veterans:

    2012 – Republicans filisbuster a bill that would have adjusted VA benefits to keep up with inflation.

    Republicans block seven other bills that would have helped Veterans and the VA: H.R. 466, H.R. 1168, H.R. 1171, H.R. 1172, H.R. 1293, H.R. 1803, and H.R. 2352

    2011 – Republican Michele Bachmann proposes cutting $4.5 billion from the VA, including capping heathcare benefits and cutting disability payments.

    2011 – Republcans filibuster jobs bill that would have provide incentives for business to hire returning Veterans.

    2010 – Republicans filibuster bill that would have provided benefits for homeless Veterans.

    2013 – Paul Ryan’s budget CUTS $6-billion from Veteran Benefits.

    2014 – Led by Mitch McConnell, Republicans filibuster a bill that would have boosted funding for the VA by $21 billion, expanded benefits, and repealed cuts pushed through under the Ryan budget deal.

    • Right Wing Patriot

      You are selectivley stating the information. The VA funding was part of the overall bill(s) which contained hundreds of expenditures. The amount of ‘pork’ was gargantuan. Thus the Repubs were trying to rein in spending. The Republicans tried to seprate the VA portions but dictator Reid wouldn’t allow it. Politically a good move by Reid thus giving guys like you ammunition.

  • Penny ackerson

    My husband was refused treatment for yrs for a certain treatment that would of saved his life
    .I fought for 5 yrs with the va. And he did die a few yrs later. I was certain they were keeping treatment for him. How do I find out if he’s on the lis

  • do ur job

    The same issues with the VA will trickle into the ACA, an aging population that needs more care, thus more money going out than coming in. Eventually someone running for office has got to realize that logic trumps funny math, kumbayah, and greasy palms.

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