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Two Montana Lawmakers Call for VA Secretary's Resignation

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Two of Montana's top lawmakers are calling for the resignation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The announcement from Democratic Senator John Walsh and Republican Congressman Steve Daines comes after Wednesday's release of a new VA Inspector General interim report, showing Arizona veterans were forced to wait an average of 115 days before receiving their first appointment. That's 91 days, on average, longer than the hospital had reported.

The Inspector General is investigating 26 VA facilities nationwide, following allegations several veterans died while awaiting treatment and secret waiting lists were created to hide those delays.

The IG report also suggests those delays are widespread throughout the VA healthcare system.

Congressman Daines remarked, "Our nation's veterans deserve action and results that immediately work to correct the systemic negligence that is further exposed by this report."

Senator Walsh said, "It is time for President Obama to remove Secretary Shinseki from office."

Daines joined the House in passing a bill that would address these widespread problems and hold senior executives responsible.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act stalled in the senate, after also receiving support from Senator Walsh.

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