April 26, 2018

Hirono Statement on Ronny Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement after Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

“Ronny Jackson made the right decision to withdraw.

“Our veterans deserve a fully-vetted VA Secretary with the experience to lead the government’s second largest agency and who won’t be a rubber stamp for the right-wing effort to privatize the VA. 

“Moving forward, the President should consult with the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and send us a fully-vetted, consensus nominee that can receive the unanimous support of the Senate.”