Rep. Lowenthal Releases Statement on Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

May 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Alan Lowenthal on Friday released the following statement in response to the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki:

"Secretary Shinseki has served our nation proudly and heroically for more than four decades, both in the field as a soldier and from his leadership role at the VA.

"While his resignation will not solve the systemic challenges within the VA and its medical facilities, this presents a new opportunity for Congress, the White House, and the Secretary's replacement to work together to address the shortcomings and the growing needs of the VA.

"Whoever is selected to replace Secretary Shinseki has a daunting task to champion. To make the kind of institutional changes to solve the problems highlighted in the Inspector General's report will require thoughtful and expedient collaboration. I look forward to participating in such collaboration."

Congressman Alan Lowenthal represents the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Avalon, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Cypress, Westminster, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Anaheim, Midway City and Stanton in California's 47th Congressional District. He can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, or his website.