Blumenthal Statement on Firing of VA Secretary Shulkin

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s firing of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin:

“This firing threatens the VA’s vital mission to provide first-rate healthcare, employment services, and essential benefits that we owe to our nation’s heroes, regardless of who is President. It threatens to deepen and spread chaos and dysfunction prevalent in this administration to veterans’ services that should be enhanced, not diminished. The official once lauded by the President as completely safe in his job and unanimously confirmed by the Senate has been discharged. I will seriously scrutinize the President’s nominee, Ronny Jackson, because our nation’s veterans deserve the best.”