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Boehner, Pelosi Reserving Judgment On Fate Of Embattled VA Secretary

Updated: Thursday, May 29 2014, 12:42 PM CDT

The top Republican and Democrat in the House aren't ready to join other members of Congress who say Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.

House Speaker John Boehner says he's reserving judgment about the embattled secretary, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she has great respect for Shinseki and firing him would reward those who misled him.

Boehner says even if Shinseki were to step down, that wouldn't get to the bottom of the problems for the VA's troubled health care system. The Ohio Republican says President Barack Obama needs to step up and show leadership on the issue.

The comments come a day after a watchdog's report found systemic problems at the VA nationwide. The report say about 1,700 veterans were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the Phoenix VA hospital.

Pelosi calls the findings "shameful" and "unacceptable."

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Boehner, Pelosi Reserving Judgment On Fate Of Embattled VA Secretary


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