Dona: Wally, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders should step down or continue as Committee Chair?
Wally: Step down or be replaced.
Dona: A veteran e-mailed to say you two discussed this last week after the morning hearing Thursday. He's from Philadelphia if that helps jog your memory.
Wally: Yeah, I know him. He's a good guy. He's usually at the hearings and he's one of the people we usually talk to. Bernie Sanders has made a point to offer excuses for the VA and has refused to stand with veterans. Prior to that he held a hearing on yoga and other topics and most veterans I've spoken to feel that when there's a wait list issue and vets are suffering, you shut up about yoga and focus on real issues. All the vets I spoke to last week feel Sanders has betrayed them.
Dona: And Ruth, why not make the same case for Ranking Member Richard Burr?
Ruth: Senator Burr is not seen as betraying veterans or being an apologist for the VA. He has upset the heads of some Veterans Service organizations for criticizing them. That is not the same thing as being seen as an excuse maker for the VA. And I agree that Senator Sanders needs to be replaced.