AUSTIN -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after a CNN report found that at least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments after being put on a secret list used to conceal veteran wait times in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health System.
These reports are both heartbreaking and infuriating. Congress should conduct emergency hearings to get the information necessary to fully root out these problems and President Obama should immediately designate an official responsible for implementing rapid changes. This is not a time for more cover-ups, it is time for accountability.
It is also time to consider how we revamp the entire VA system to eliminate waste and abuse, bring it into the 21st century, and ensure it is an agency that fulfills its most important function of caring for our veterans with expediency, accuracy, and above all, excellence. Our heroes deserve nothing less.
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committees Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.
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