Investigation into VA Issues Continues

By: CBS
By: CBS

President Obama has sent the head of the Department of Veteran Affairs to Capitol Hill and his Deputy Chief of Staff to Phoenix in an attempt to find the problems surrounding the department's medical facilities.

Secretary Eric Shinseki meets with lawmakers behind closed doors on Capitol Hill today about the scandal surrounding V-A medical centers.

Government investigators are looking into 26 VA facilities where allegations of secret waiting lists and delayed treatment may have led to veteran deaths.

The House Veterans Affairs committee...is conducting its own investigation... and says the Department hasn't been cooperating.

"We are four weeks into this and we have no information," said Rep. Julia Brownley, D-CA.

The committee subpoenaed three VA executives to testify next week.

Secretary Shinseki still has the support of *most* members of Congress...but a couple Democrats are joining the list of lawmakers calling for his resignation.

"We ought to be acting in a bipartisan fashion to hold any administration accountable for these types of screwups," said Rep. John Barrow, D-GA.

A new CBS News poll shows 33-percent of Americans blame Secretary Shinseki and the department for the problems at the VA.. 28-percent point to the local hospitals.. while 17 percent blame President Obama.

Pledging to fix whatever is wrong - the President dispatched his deputy chief-of-staff to Phoenix - where as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for care.

In addition to meeting with staffers at the Phoenix VA hospital, Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors will meet with veterans to get their perspective of what's wrong with the system.


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