WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. President Barack Obama accepted the resignation on Friday of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, he said his priority now was fixing the troubled agency whose officials are accused of covering up delays in providing healthcare for U.S. veterans.
That task is monumental. As Obama himself said, the sprawling Veterans Affairs department “has had problems for a very long time,” including management problems. The agency’s woes have been compounded by the rising demands for services after the return of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama noted on Friday that the VA enrolled 2 million new veterans in healthcare under Shinseki’s watch.
WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – Republicans stepped up their
attacks on the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans
Affairs healthcare delay scandal on Thursday, but House Speaker
John Boehner again declined to join a growing list of lawmakers
calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
Boehner told reporters he was still not convinced that
Shinseki’s ouster would solve the VA’s problems. Instead, he
sought to keep the pressure on President Barack Obama for VA
scheduling abuses that covered up monthslong delays for
veterans’ medical care appointments.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans stepped up their attacks on the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans Affairs healthcare delay scandal on Thursday, but House Speaker John Boehner again declined to join a growing list of lawmakers calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
At a news briefing, Boehner said he was not still convinced that Shinseki’s ouster would solve the VA’s problems. Instead, he sought to keep the pressure on President Barack Obama for VA scheduling abuses that covered up monthslong delays for veterans’ medical care appointments.
WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives will vote this week on a bill to make it easier
for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire or demote senior
executives, officials said on Tuesday, following accusations
that veterans’ healthcare delays have led to preventable deaths.
The bill addressing the “mess at the Veterans
Administration” will “try and provide the tools to the
administration to hold senior managers accountable,” House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, told reporters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican who will lead an investigation of the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic quarters in Benghazi was known for courtroom theatrics in his time as a prosecutor, portending dramatic hearings on an issue that already has strained partisan civility in Washington.
Republicans hope to gain political traction before congressional elections in November by accusing the White House of muddying the facts to protect President Barack Obama after the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed in the attacks by Islamic militants.
SOMERSWORTH, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president’s signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November’s midterm elections.
Three races in New Hampshire illustrate the challenge, offering a test of whether Democrats can overcome voter skepticism about the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law, aiming to expand health insurance coverage to millions more Americans, has come under sustained attack from Republicans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives named seven lawmakers to a special committee on Friday to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but Democrats called the panel a stunt and were undecided on whether they would participate.
Democrats say several committees have already investigated the Benghazi attacks exhaustively, without proving Republican allegations that the administration did too little to repulse the attacks and then tried to protect President Barack Obama from the political fallout.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday to avert looming pay cuts for doctors under the government’s Medicare health insurance program for older Americans and the disabled.
The measure to postpone the cuts was approved in a voice vote after an earlier delay signaled potential trouble mustering support for the bill, which halts the pay cuts for one year. Senate Democratic leaders hoped to bring the bill up for a vote in that chamber later on Thursday, a Senate Democratic aide said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he expected Congress to act swiftly on legislation to avert looming Medicare pay cuts for doctors after he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, agreed to the proposal.
The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on the legislation delaying the cuts for another year, Boehner said, adding he expected the Senate would follow “pretty quickly.”
WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S.
House of Representatives on Friday approved a bipartisan deal to
spare doctors from a looming Medicare pay cut but included a
provision to undermine Obamacare, which critics said was a
non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The vote was 238-181, with most House Democrats refusing to
swallow what they called an Obamacare “poison pill,” a provision
to delay for five years the tax penalty that most Americans must
pay under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law if they
decline to sign up for insurance.