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Nicholson's Resignation

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"Washington, May 3 ,2007

Contact: Tim Schlittner 202-225-5905

Hare Calls on VA Secretary to Resign

Says Veterans Have Suffered Tremendous Setbacks on Nicholson’s Watch

Washington, May 3 -

"Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today called on Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Jim Nicholson to resign amid reports that he approved a number of bonuses for senior VA personnel shortly after their faulty accounting practices resulted in a $1 billion shortfall for the Department.

“Our veterans have suffered tremendous setbacks on Secretary Nicholson’s watch,” Hare said. “After presiding over a $1 billion shortfall, a backlog of 600,000 disability cases, staffing shortages at Vet Centers, two security breaches that jeopardized the personal information of our veterans, and now, lavish bonuses to the very VA officials responsible for the whole mess, it is time to say enough is enough.”

According to the Associated Press, “the bonuses were awarded even after government investigators had determined the VA repeatedly miscalculated—if not deliberately misled taxpayers—with questionable methods used to justify Bush administration cuts to health care amid a burgeoning Iraq war.”

“Time and time again, Secretary Nicholson, a former chair of the Republican National Committee, opted to offer political spin instead of preparing for the inevitable influx of new veterans entering the system,” Hare said. “Veterans deserve a Secretary that will fight for them, not use his or her authority to advance an ideological agenda.”

Hare said that with tens of thousands of U.S. service members still deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the VA can no longer afford business as usual. “We must honor the brave men and women that serve our nation with more than just words,” Hare said. “For the health and well-being of every current and future veteran, Secretary Nicholson should step down immediately.”

Hare said he looks forward to working with Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) and his colleagues on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to provide the resources and oversight necessary to ensure our veterans receive every benefit they deserve."

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i saw the news report last night i think it was on abc nightly news. it really pissesd me off. 600,000 back logged claims and the va is getting bonuses. what the f$ck!. i hope you are contacting your senator or rep. not that they care. is it me, but i feel that the country is going to shit. i feel the goverment is no longer for the people but for themselves.

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All right boys and girls it is time to take 5 minutes and use this link http://www.house.gov/writerep/to write a note to your congressman and tell them to support Congressman Phil Hare in his call for Secretary Jim Nicholson to resign. I just did it in less than 5 minutes. No excuse, if you cant take the time to do this you dont have any business complaining about the VA.

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I wrote Pete Sessions. I am pretty sure Sec Nicholson will see my request as well as anyone else who writes.

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