House Republicans Accuse VA Leadership Of Withholding Information From Congress

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Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, holds a hearing about allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at VA hospitals possibly leading to patient deaths, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, holds a hearing about allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at VA hospitals possibly leading to patient deaths, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

In a hearing on Capitol Hill Monday night, conservatives on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, led by committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, attacked Department of Veterans Affairs officials and representatives of the VA Inspector General's office for not being more aggressive in handling the VA’s problems.

Specifically, VA and IG officials were attacked for “withholding information from Congress, evading elected officials' requests and obstructing lawmakers' efforts to uncover problems,” reported Military Times’ Leo Shane III.

"It's uncertain whether VA understands the lessons in transparency it should have learned," said Miller during the hearing. "The committee is not a junior partner with VA in any respect, and certainly not when it concerns our obligation to conduct oversight."