Rep. Zeldin Statement on President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of VA Nomination | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Statement on President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of VA Nomination

January 11, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement today regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

"The Department of Veterans Affairs desperately needs so many reforms on multiple fronts to improve the standard of care for veterans. After several opportunities to interact with Dr. Shulkin these past two years, I'm confident that he is fully aware of the many challenges that currently exist. What I am eager to be assured of though is that he is actually going to do everything that needs to be done about it. The President-elect has constantly committed over and over again towards reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs and has shown a solid understanding of what needs to be fixed at the VA, while consistently reaffirming his commitment towards actually making those much needed changes. I would hope and expect that the President, Congress, media and American public will hold Dr. Shulkin's feet to the fire to ensure he follows through and does not fail in any capacity whatsoever with this new mission. He certainly wasn't my number one pick to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but I'll be the first in line to shake his hand and say thank you if he seizes this opportunity and makes the absolute most of it in the best interests of Long Island's veterans, the Northport VA and the entire community nationally of all America's sons and daughters who answered the call to serve our great country in defense of our freedoms and liberties."