05/19/14 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Petzel announced his resignation this afternoon:
“On Monday, I sent a letter to President Obama, along with 15 of my House colleagues, requesting he uphold accountability at the VA by requiring the immediate resignations of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Under Secretaries Robert Petzel and Allison Hickey. Today, with Petzel’s resignation, we are one step closer to holding the VA accountable for their actions. I’m curious why Petzel, who announced months ago he was retiring, finally chose to resign the day after he was grilled in a Senate hearing,” Walorski, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs said. “Unfortunately, it has taken dozens of wrongful deaths due to VA negligence, including 13 in Indiana, for the inefficiency at the VA to garner national headlines. I will continue to fight on behalf of our nation’s 23 million veterans and call for the resignations of Secretary Shinseki and Under Secretary Hickey.”
On Monday, Walorski, along with 15 of her House colleagues, sent a letter to President Obama requesting he uphold accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs by requiring the resignation of three senior VA officials.
Last Thursday, Walorski voted to subpoena records from the Department of Veterans Affairs.