Boehner Ratchets Up Pressure on the VA

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has ramped up calls for more accountability at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, in the wake of new evidence that the VA continues to suffer from gross mismanagement more than a year after the VA health care scandal broke.

Boehner was one of several House leaders to call for reforms at the VA in 2013 and 2014, which eventually led to passage of a VA reform bill last year. That bill gave the VA access to new funds to get veterans health care outside the VA system, and made it easier to fire corrupt or negligent officials involved in efforts to deny care to veterans.

But in the past week, Boehner has been even more aggressive in calling out the VA for failing to shape up.

On Wednesday, Boehner went to the House floor to say veterans are seeing “more of the same.” He blamed the VA’s failures on “arrogance that allows our vets to be lied to and ignored and, frankly, to die.”