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Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday released a statement calling for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin.

"Secretary Shulkin was appointed to ensure that veterans’ needs were prioritized. Unfortunately, Secretary Shulkin has not risen to the task," the statement reads. "He has refused to engage with congressional representatives at a level commensurate with the seriousness of the challenges we face. I have lost faith in his ability to lead this department in the right direction."

America’s veterans served with distinction and honor. They – and their families – made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. In return, we promised the best care and benefits. They depend on those commitments for their well-being and health care.

Unfortunately, the United States has fallen woefully short of these responsibilities. Not only have we broken our trust with our veterans, we have placed many of them in harm’s way within the broken VA system. Several VA bureaucrats and employees have shamelessly disregarded their obligations to help our veterans, leading to a culture of inefficiency and complacency.

Congress and President Trump realize that major reforms need to be made and have made some progress. Secretary Shulkin was appointed to ensure that veterans’ needs were prioritized. Unfortunately, Secretary Shulkin has not risen to the task. He has refused to engage with congressional representatives at a level commensurate with the seriousness of the challenges we face. I have lost faith in his ability to lead this department in the right direction.

Veterans in my district deserve reassurance that the country they fought for is capable of fulfilling its promises to them. This does not seem possible under Secretary Shulkin’s oversight. I call on Secretary Shulkin to resign and encourage the swift appointment and confirmation of new leadership that will give the VA the momentum it requires to overcome its systematic failures.

On "Happening Now," Biggs said Shulkin has not demonstrated the leadership to bring about a necessary culture change at the VA.

Biggs, who represents parts of Phoenix, noted that the Phoenix VA was the "epicenter" of the scandal over veterans receiving poor health care and dying while stuck on long waiting lists.

"I have to intervene many times because we're not getting the action at the local level or even with the secretary's level," Biggs said.

His call for Shulkin to resign comes amid reports that President Trump has considered replacing the embattled secretary with Energy Secretary Rick Perry or Fox News' Pete Hegseth.


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