U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Tuesday after multiple reports surfaced detailing how VA officials kept secret waitlists and falsified records at multiple clinics across the country while veterans waiting for care died.

“I wish the White House, instead of traveling around the country, talking about the urgency of climate change, would talk with equal urgency about this failure of leadership and incompetence at the VA,” Cornyn said.

“We need a point person, appointed by the White House to get to the bottom of this, and we need the majority leader to hold emergency committee meetings to get to the bottom of this and to stop it, as soon as possible.”

Cornyn said he agreed with the American Legion’s request that Shinseki, a former 1st Cavalry Division commander, step down.

“Shinseki’s time as secretary of Veterans Affairs has come to an end,” Cornyn said.

“The president needs to find a new leader to lead this organization out of the wilderness and back to providing the service our veterans deserve.”

Other area congressional leaders declined to offer immediate comments on Cornyn’s remarks Tuesday.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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