10:46 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bruce Braley, the Democratic congressman from Iowa running for the U.S. Senate, was not listed as present at a February 2012 House hearing with then-Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki. On February 15, 2012, Shinseki appeared on a panel before the House Veterans' Affairs committee, which began at 10:30 a.m. The secretary's testimony focused on the VA Department's budget, although one panelist raised concerns about long wait times at VA hospitals. Braley, who sits on the committee, was not present at the time the roll was taken at the hearing, and according to the transcript never asked a question or gave a statement.
The Iowa congressman was in Washington that day, however. Earlier that morning, Braley was just blocks from the U.S. Capitol attending a Democratic fundraiser hosted by several union-affiliated PACs, including the PACs of AFSCME, IBEW, the carpenters' union, and the machinists' union. The fundraiser was scheduled to run from 8:30 to 9:30 that morning and was held at the headquarters of the machinists' union.
A flyer for the event suggested contributions of $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000. The flyer also listed Braley as the headliner, and includes his membership on the Veterans' Affairs committee. Check it out below:
In the 2011-2012 period, Braley missed 75 percent of veterans' affairs committee hearings, the Des Moines Register reported earlier this year. One of those hearings, in September 2012, focused on the backlog of wait times at VA hospitals; on that day, Braley attended three different fundraisers.
Braley is running against Republican state senator Joni Ernst for the Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. The race is considered a toss-up.
3:44 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
General Shinseki may be gone but his leaving has not salvaged the reputation of the VA.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:35 PM, May 30, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the departures of Secretary Shinseki and Jay Carney from the Obama Administration.
7:38 AM, May 30, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
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2:23 PM, May 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Seven Democratic senators up for reelection in November have said they believe Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki should resign over revelations that his department severely mismanaged treatment of veterans at VA hospitals that may have resulted in the deaths of scores of veterans across the country.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:45 PM, May 24, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the handling of the VA scandal by the Obama administration.
1:46 PM, May 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the Democratic senator from Arkansas facing reelection this year, hasn't answered questions about whether he thinks Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki should resign amid stories of malfeasance at VA hospitals.
1:40 PM, May 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two Democratic members of the House of Representatives have said Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans Affairs, should resign amid reports of the neglect of sick and injured veterans at VA hospitals around the country.
John Barrow and David Scott, both of Georgia, have said Shinseki ought to step down. Scott also indicated he believes there's no need for another internal review, despite President Obama's call for such. Jamie Dupree reports:
11:24 AM, May 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama didn't ask his VA secretary to resign. Instead, after meeting with Secretary Eric Shinseki, Obama addressed the press and praised the embattled cabinet member:
9:30 AM, May 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House just announced that President Obama will deliver a statement directly after meeting with Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki later this morning. Here's the president's schedule, from the White House:
8:00 AM, May 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Earlier this morning on national TV, Bill Kristol pointed out that President Obama is meeting with his VA secretary later this morning, as the White House just announced. The boss asked, will Secretary Shinseki use his morning meeting with his boss to resign?
12:06 PM, May 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
I did not get to know Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki when we served together in the Obama administration, but in our limited interactions I liked him. He struck me as polite, smart, earnest and hard-working. Over time he resisted the ego-tripping that many agency heads find irresistible in Washington.
3:26 PM, May 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its secretary, Eric Shinseki, are under fire as reports surface about negligence at VA hospitals, including the death of around 40 military veterans in Phoenix who were placed on a "secret waiting list" to delay their care. Two administrators have been placed on official leave as the investigation continues.
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