BOZEMAN, Mont. – Today, the Daines for Montana campaign released a new ad highlighting Steve Daines’ work to bring accountability and reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and hold Washington bureaucrats responsible for failing to provide Montana veterans with the service and support they deserve.
The television ad, “Solemn,” serves as a timely reminder to Montanans that our nation’s veterans deserve the very best in health care, and Steve Daines is working to ensure Washington bureaucrats are held accountable for letting our veterans down.
“The backlog of cases and long wait times at the VA are a national disgrace,” Daines states in the ad. “That’s why I called on the Veterans Affairs Secretary to resign, and why I support reforms to hold Washington bureaucrats accountable.”
While Steve Daines has been at the forefront of demanding accountability and answers from the VA, John Walsh has notably been leading from behind. For nearly a month Walsh played political games – blaming Daines for the VA’s problems – instead of calling for action.
The full ad may be viewed here. Full text and a timeline of Daines’ work to address the VA’s issues are below:
“Dramatic problems at the VA.”
“Insufferable wait times for care.”
“Veterans may have died waiting for care.”
Steve Daines: The backlog of cases and long wait times at the VA are a national disgrace.
That’s why I called on the Veterans Affairs Secretary to resign…
…and why I support reforms to hold Washington bureaucrats accountable.
America’s veterans deserve the very best care.
And as your Senator, I will not rest until they get it.
I’m Steve Daines, and I approved this message.
May 7: Daines is one of the first members of Congress to call for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.
May 21: The House of Representatives passes the VA Management Accountability Act, 390-33.
May 22: Senate Democrats block passage of the VA Accountability Act.
May 28: Following the release of an IG report revealing the full extent of problems plaguing the VA, Daines reaffirms his call for new leadership and accountability at the VA and again calls for Secretary Shinseki to resign. Walsh finally joins several other Senate Democrats in calling on President Obama to “remove” Shinseki.
May 30: Shinseki resigns as Secretary of the VA.