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Rep. Jeff Miller says Veterans Affairs scandal won't disappear on the Hill

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The chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee pledged Sunday that the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki would not divert lawmakers' attention away from deadly lapses in care for military members.

“It will not fade on the Hill, I can promise you that,” Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The American people are so disgusted, it's not going to fade out there.”

President Obama accepted Shinseki's resignation on Friday after a growing number of Republicans and Democrats called for the VA secretary's ouster. Obama said that the focus on Shinseki had become a distraction from fixing widespread problems at the agency.

Also, a new report from the VA’s inspector general found that the average wait time for a veteran’s first appointment in the Phoenix system was 115 days. Similar problems are being uncovered at facilities nationwide.

But Miller said he worried that journalists would not give the scandal the attention it deserves.

“My concern is it's going to fade in the media,” he said on the Fox program. “Just like we couldn't get the media to pay attention over a year-and-a-half ago to issues that related to this, and I'm very hopeful that people like yourself and others will continue to keep this in the forefront because it's much bigger than what we're [talking] about today.”

Obama has not yet given an indication of his nominee to replace Shinseki. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will lead the agency until a replacement is found.

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