By Molly K. Hooper - 05/15/14 11:06 AM EDT
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 Coats 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.' "
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.