(NBC News) Today a House Committee considers giving the Veterans Affairs Inspector General five million dollars to investigate whether employees cooked the books.
That same committee may discuss putting a hold on bonuses at the VA. “This is common sense. If you fail to do your job and fail the men and women you serve you shouldn’t be getting bonuses — you should be held accountable,” said Rep. Steve Daines, (R) Montana.
On Tuesday, The House overwhelming passed a bill that makes it easier to fire top managers at the VA.
With his deputy chief of staff on the ground in Phoenix today, President Obama is promising punishment if the Inspector General’s report finds wrongdoing. “The President is mad, and we’re going to wait to see the results of another report?!” asked Senator Jerry Moran, (R) Kansas.
“Tough words aren’t enough when it comes to this issue. We need action,” declared Senator John Thune, (R) South Dakota.
The President suggested even VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s job could be at risk. “If he does not think he can do a good job on this and if he thinks he has let our veterans down, then I’m sure that he is not going to be interested in continuing to serve,” said the President.
Shinseki makes his third trip to Capitol Hill today where lawmakers complain his aides aren’t turning over paperwork fast enough.
If three top officials don’t show for a meeting this morning, a House Committee plans to subpoena them.