WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today on the Senate floor U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) demanded that the President appoint a special investigator in response to a CNN report that found 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.
Excerpts of his remarks are below. His full speech can be seen here.
“My strong conviction is that we owe a moral obligation -- not just a legal obligation -- to those veterans to keep our commitments to them once they separate from military service. And I'm sorry to say that the Department of Veterans Affairs has repeatedly and outrageously failed to uphold its own commitment to America's armed forces and our veterans.
“This should be a call to action on the part of the United States Senate and the federal government to live up to its obligations and its commitment to our nation's veterans.
“Serving America's veterans is one of the most important responsibilities the federal government has. The VA's failure to meet its responsibility is an ongoing scandal, one that I will continue drawing attention to until our veterans get the support they so rightfully deserve.”