April 26, 2018

Cortez Masto: Mr. President, Nevada Veterans Deserve Better

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in response to Dr. Ronny Jackson’s withdrawal as the nominee to lead the United States Department of Veterans Affairs:

“Let’s be clear: the President of the United States nominated an individual for VA Secretary that reportedly drunkenly crashed a government-owned vehicle; to steer one of the biggest federal agencies that serves our veterans. I supported Secretary Shulkin for his commitment to improve access to health care and to put veterans first. For President Trump to have offered an inexperienced and clearly ethically compromised nominee is a slap in the face to veterans in Nevada, and throughout the country. I want veterans in Nevada to know one thing: I will ensure that any VA Secretary nominee from this White House is qualified, committed to fighting for their interests, and opposed to any efforts to weaken our VA system by selling it off to private interests.”

“Mr. President, extreme vetting should apply to your Cabinet.”