Obama’s chief of staff pays visit to Boehner

Obama’s chief of staff pays visit to Boehner
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Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio) met on Monday with White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughDNC chairman to teach at Brown University Trump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years Former Obama UN ambassador to meet with Senate Intelligence panel: report MORE to discuss the backlog of claims at the Veterans Administration.

McDonough requested the meeting, which occurred in Boehner’s Capitol office, after the Speaker “urged the president to address the unacceptable backlog at the Veterans Administration,” said Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman.

McDonough declined to comment after leaving his office, other than to say it was “good to see the Speaker.”

Boehner, earlier this month, stood with veterans to decry the backlog that has caused delays in the receipt of healthcare treatment and benefits. He championed House legislation that would make it easier to fire senior officials at the VA in an attempt to hold people at the department accountable.

The VA opposes the House bill.

In events this month with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Obama has noted a 40 percent drop in the backlog over the last year while reiterating his commitment to eliminating it by 2015.

— Justin Sink contributed.