On CNN’s “New Day,” Miller first said President Obama should appoint Gibson’s permanent successor from outside the VA but suggested Gibson could get the job done.
“Sloan Gibson is doing a great job right now as the interim,” Miller said. “He’s only been in the job for about a week. He’s only been at the VA for about 3 months. He has the capability and certainly has the attitude to get in and reshape this culture within the system.”
Obama tapped Gibson as the agency’s interim secretary following Eric Shinseki’s resignation on May 30.
Asked if the House could shoot down the Senate’s bill to fix the VA, Miller said, “I don’t think the House will shoot anything down.”
The bill Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Dems might begin again with Kamala Harris and California MORE (I-Vt.) and John McCainJohn McCainMeghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea Trudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade MORE (R-Ariz.) reached a compromise on last week encompasses legislation the House has been sitting on for months, said Miller, who consulted with the senators.
“We’re not trying to take VA and strip it down. There are a lot of things they can do very, very well,” Miller said.
Miller had waited before joining the call for Shinseki’s resignation. He was asked on CNN if Shinseki is a scapegoat.
“There’s enough blame to go around on this story. I wish I knew what the trigger was that got the media so involved because we’ve been trying for a number of years to get the media to pay attention to preventable deaths,” he said. “I hope you won’t quit because this is a very important story.”
VA officials are set to testify before Miller’s panel on Monday evening to review a Government Accountability Office report on the agency, an inspector general's report and the VA’s nationwide audit to be released Monday.