GOP Senate Leader Supports Change In VA Leadership

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2014) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says a leadership change may be needed to help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, after allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix.

McConnell said the tenure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is "embarrassing" and that the agency is in "a stunning period of dysfunction."

McConnell isn't calling for Shinseki to step down, but said a change in leadership "might be a good thing."

The White House says President Barack Obama remains confident in Shinseki.

Two Republican senators, John Cornyn of Texas and Jerry Moran of Kansas, have called for Shinseki to resign amid claims that up to 40 patients in Phoenix may have died because of delays in care.

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