Baldwin, Gallagher on VA Secretary's firing, agency's future

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Two Wisconsin lawmakers in Congress have weighed in on the firing of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

David Shulkin, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs., Photo Date: July 7, 2016 / Photo: Veterans Health / Flickr / MGN

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) made stops in Northeast Wisconsin one day after President Donald Trump fired David Shulkin.

Both lawmakers credited Shulkin for his accomplishments in office. However, they also criticized Shulkin for the allegations that he took a pricey trip to Europe that appeared to include more tourism and sightseeing than VA business.

Baldwin and Gallagher are hopeful his replacement will continue to fight for veterans.

President Trump says he will nominate Admiral Ronny Jackson for the post. Jackson is the White House physician.

GALLAGHER: "I hope whoever replaces him, I know the president nominated the White House physician, brings a reform-minded agenda to the VA because we can't continue a situation where veterans are dying waiting for care.:

BALDWIN: "I look forward to meeting Dr. Jackson and hearing about his qualifications and his vision for the VA. Our veterans have served us honorably and they deserve and have earned the best health care possible."

Robert Wilkie will serve as acting VA Secretary until Jackson can be confirmed.

Shulkin on Thursday wrote an op-ed for the New York Times where he called the environment in Washington "toxic." He also said forces intend to privatize the VA.

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