GOP senator: Firing Shinseki won't fix VA

A GOP senator suggests that embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should keep his job.

A trio of Republican senators have called for Shinseki's resignation amid reports that veterans were denied healthcare services. But Indiana Republican Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDon’t throw the baby out with the BATwater Overnight Cybersecurity: DHS bans agencies from using Kaspersky software | Panel calls Equifax CEO to testify | Facebook pulling ads from fake news Mueller investigation focusing on social media's role in 2016 election: report MORE cautioned that the VA chief oversees a dysfunctional organization: "Just by firing the coach doesn't solve the problem ... I want to take a much broader look than just simply satisfying people [to] say, 'Oh we fired the top guy and now everything is going to be fine.' "

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Coats, a veteran, added that "there's cultural problems that go way down deep in the VA system."

Shinseki appeared before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on Thursday morning.

Top-ranking Republican senators, including Minority Whip John Cornyn (Texas), National Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Veterans Affairs's Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), have called for Shinseki's resignation.