7/29 @ 10:00 AM ET | GOP Leadership Press Conference - WATCH LIVE HERE

WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked consideration of the VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031), which passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis yesterday:

“As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, I am disappointed, and – frankly – shocked that Senate Democratic leaders chose to block legislation that would hold VA managers accountable, which passed the House with strong support from both parties.  This bill is not the whole solution to the systemic problems plaguing the VA, but it is a crucial first step – and there is no substantive objection to it at all.  None.  As we head home to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, it’s fair to ask why Senate Democrats won’t stand up for more accountability?”

NOTE: In response to the scandal unfolding at Veterans Administration hospitals nationwide, yesterday the House of Representatives passed the VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031), legislation that makes it easier to hold senior VA leaders accountable.