Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on President Obama’s announcement that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his post:

“Secretary Shinseki's decision to resign his post was the right move at this time.

“However, I was disturbed that in his remarks, President Obama appeared to believe that the only real problem at the VA is a scheduling issue, which is a fundamental misreading of the breadth and depth of the situation there.

“The president campaigned in 2008 and 2012 on the promise of improving care for our veterans, but it is now obvious that his stewardship of the VA has been a failure.

“New leadership at the VA is just the first step in what must be a significant, sustained effort by President Obama to fix its systemic problems.

“The President must join with Congress to support legislation we will introduce next week to strengthen the ability of VA administrators to hire and fire those charged with providing care and, most importantly, give far greater flexibility to veterans to get the care they need and deserve, where and when they want it.

“Restoring veterans' trust and confidence in the wake of this scandal will require much more from President Obama, including his sustained attention and hands-on leadership, which has been in too-short supply in recent weeks.”