John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi don’t agree on much, but today they affirmed the same thing during their press conferences: kicking out VA Secretary Eric Shinseki might not be the solution to the problem with the Department of Veterans Affairs. A plethora of politicians, including a striking number of Democrats, have called for Shinseki’s head, and the fight over whether Shinseki should go has turned into a somewhat political one, with sniping along this vein (a Republican running for Congress in California):
— Doug Ose (@DougOse) May 29, 2014
And on top of that, Republican Senator Richard Burr recently went so far as to accuse veterans’ groups of not having the best interests of veterans at heart just because they haven’t yet called on Shinseki to step down (an accusation that he has refused to apologize for).
But the top Democrat and top Republican in the House have so far withheld judgment on whether Shinseki should go. Pelosi argued in her press conference today that firing the VA secretary would be the “easy” way to go, doubting a public scapegoating like that would actually solve any of the real problems going on at the VA.
Meanwhile, Boehner also withheld judgment, saying at his press conference, “Is him resigning going to get us to the bottom of the problem? Is it going to help us find out what’s really going on? And the answer I keep getting is no.”
Watch Boehner’s comments below, via C-SPAN:
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