More Democratic Senators Call For Shinseki To Resign

AP

This post has been updated.

Following the release of a critical Inspector General’s report on the wait times at the Phoenix Veterans hospital on Wednesday, congressional Democrats joined their Republican colleagues’ calls for Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki to step down.

As of Thursday afternoon, 11 Democratic senators, all up for re-election in 2014, had called for the secretary to resign.

On Wednesday afternoon, Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO), John Walsh (D-MT) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) all urged Shinskei to step down.

And by Wednesday night, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Al Franken (D-MN), both of whom are facing tough re-election battles, joined in calls for the secretary to resign.

“I have tremendous respect for General Shinseki and honor his service to this nation,” Shaheen said in a statement. “However, it has become clear that after six years as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, General Shinseki has been unable to solve other fundamental problems that plague the agency.”