... Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), locked in a competitive reelection race against Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), became the first Democratic senator to call on Shinseki to go.A number of House Democrats also called for Shinseki to step down. Shinseki, meanwhile, wrote an op-ed detailing steps he has taken and is taking to address the problems, and asserting that the report's finding are "reprehensible to me and to this department, and we are not waiting to set things straight." Shinseki—or his successor, should he resign—faces a major challenge. As Meteor Blades noted Wednesday:
Udall’s statement prompted two other vulnerable incumbents, Sens. John Walsh (D-Mont.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), to issue similar statements. [Sens. Jeanne] Shaheen and [Al] Franken followed suit Wednesday night.
Since President Obama became president, the VA budget has climbed 50 percent from $100 billion to $150 billion. While that may seem adequate to the austerity mongers, those eligible for veterans' benefits more than doubled from 400,000 to 918,000 in the same period.At this point, to the problems at the VA we can add a media spotlight and highly politicized attention from Congress.