Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) said Tuesday that ultimately President Obama is accountable for failures within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
"This isn’t about the secretary," he said. "It’s about the entire system underneath him."
Paul said David Barron made up a defense for killing U.S. citizens out of “whole cloth.”
Martin Matishak 05/21/14 09:42 AM EDT
The politically polarizing amendment could still get a standalone vote.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) demanded that the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs provide Congress with a report on the medical claims backlog plaguing the agency because President Obama is “failing to address” the issue.
GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said senators needed to “get to the bottom of it.”
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) demanded that Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki resign over claims backlogs that have resulted in the deaths of veterans.
"I ask the secretary to submit his resignation and I ask President Obama to accept that resignation,” Moran said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) demanded that President Obama appoint someone to investigate a recent report that a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix maintained a "secret waiting list" to avoid reporting on extended care delays.
“The president needs to designate a point person to deal with this,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) called on Congress to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act to address military sexual assaults.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) applauded a court ruling requiring the Obama administration to release its redacted legal justification for killing a U.S. citizen in Yemen, but said he wants some lawmakers to be able to read the whole report.