Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

CONGRESSMAN BISHOP STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS REGARDING IG INVESTIGATION INTO VA SERVICE FAILURE

May 22, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies issued the following statement regarding this morning comments by the President regarding the issue of the Inspector General investigation and individual audits being conducted at the Department of Veterans Affairs in response to recent reports of delayed service for veterans and hidden waiting lists:

“In response to the President’s remarks today, while it is still not clear who, or what, is at fault for these grave allegations, I still firmly believe that it is a duty of Congress to ensure that no one betrays the sacred trust owed to our Veterans. If the Inspector General finds that VA personnel are guilty of systemic negligence and oversight malfeasance I expect strong and swift action to rectify the problem! While we await the results of the Inspector General’s investigation, Congress must continue to monitor this situation closely. In the meantime, immediate steps must be taken to assure that no veteran is currently being victimized by any such policy of denial of appropriate diagnostic tests nor delays in scheduling of appointments.”

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