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Walorski lays out next steps for Indiana in VA scandal

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Before her trip to California, Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski stopped by our newsroom to talk about what's next for Veteran Affairs operations in Indiana. She says there will be a nationwide investigation by the Inspector General that should reveal if there any hot spots for systematic failure in Indiana. Walorski says this issue is "not political"; both sides of the aisle are having trouble mandating authority over the VA. She says the VA Committee had to subpoena the VA for the first time in 30 years, just to talk to them,
The question remains, why was nothing done in the past? Walorski points to the Senate.
 
"I think Americans are starting to realize we can pass bills from now until the cows come home, if the senate doesn't take up a bill, it's not law. So we haven't been able to mandate the VA to do anything in the last 18 months and all we can do is watch from the outside because our partners in the senate won't take up a bill, " said Walorski.
 
"And people need to know that because the fastest way to get action in this country is alert the American people. "
 
She said veterans and their loved ones should reach out to their congressional offices via phone, e-mail, or even Facebook message to report their experiences with local VA clinics. She expects law enforcement to step into the consequences as well.
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