Illinois’ U.S. senators are not among those calling for the resignation of the U.S. secretary of veterans’ affairs. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Eric Shenseki should stay on, despite the allegations that several veterans’ hospitals forced veterans to wait weeks or months to get treatment, and then covered up those long wait times.
“I think he should keep his job for now,” Durbin said, “but I have to tell you, I’m impatient. We have seen, for too often now, the Veterans’ Administration fail to respond to needy veterans.”
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U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says letting Shinseki go wouldn’t fix the problems at the VA. “I have been working a lot with Eric to actually solve this disability problem,” Kirk said. “I think if we just score political points, (it) doesn’t solve the problem.”
Both Durbin and Kirk have asked for a public report on all of Illinois’ VA hospitals, after the Hines VA Medical Center in Maywood was one of the facilities accused of keeping secret waiting lists for veterans.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) is among the Republicans in Congress who have asked that Shinseki resign.