WASHINGTON — As is his general custom, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived late to his own appearance. This time, it was at Fort Belvoir, where he would sign into law a reform bill that would try to fix some of the problems plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Reuters reported that he signed the bill into law upon his arrival and gave a speech, promising to take care of U.S. veterans and made brief remarks about the murder of a U.S. two-star general this past week in Afghanistan.
The bill will cost at least $16.3 billion and will supposedly cut down wait times and bonuses for VA officials that fudge statistics to receive said bonuses. When news of the scandal broke, one Obama aide said he was “madder than hell.”
However, Obama has known about this issue since taking office in 2008 and only acted when pushed by the American public and some liberal media outlets. His secretary over the Veterans Affairs department, Eric Shinseki, resigned this year when the scandal broke. It seems few other officials were fired in wake of the scandal, where there were secret waiting lists spanning across the country to help boost their waiting time statistics.