House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement applauding unanimous passage of the Veterans Access to Care Act:
"The tragedy at the VA continues to unfold and thousands of veterans have not received the care they need. There can be no doubt that the problems at the VA are systemic and widespread. The House will investigate and hold failing bureaucrats accountable while giving our veterans the ability to seek private care when the VA is failing them.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gave the following remarks at the weekly Republican Leadership press conference:
"This past week we were reminded of the greatness of America as we remembered the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy in order to bring liberty to the oppressed masses in Europe. Unfortunately as we see the scandal at the VA unfold, we are reminded of the failure of our federal government to live up to the obligations we have to the veterans who have so honorably served us.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement after the VA reported that more than 57,000 veterans are waiting for their first appointment:
"Today's news that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting to receive their first appointment through the VA health system is unacceptable. In my home state of Virginia, some wait times are more than 72 days. Our nation’s veterans deserve better. While the President remains silent on what he will do to fix these systemic problems, this week the House will act to provide all veterans with immediate access to the doctors and health care providers closest to them through the private-sector. The House will investigate and move to hold those responsible accountable, but in the meantime we must ensure that our nation's heroes get the care they need and deserve in a timely fashion."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement on the May jobs report:
"This morning's jobs report brought the good news that many of our fellow Americans found work last month. But one month of good news should not blind us to the long-term challenges that remain. Far too many Americans remain unemployed. Far too many Americans have left the workforce altogether. Far too many Americans don't have an optimistic outlook on finding a good paying job that supports their families. Every first Friday of the month we wait with crossed fingers when more could be done to see consistent and stable growth.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers sent a letter to President Obama Wednesday calling on him to address widespread problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation is a first step, but many questions regarding the state of the VA remain unanswered.