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U.S. Senator Pa

tty Murray says the Secretary of Veterans Affairs needs to change the way the department works.
Thursday morning senators addressed the allegations that veterans died while waiting for treatment at VA hospitals and questioned the secretary about his plans to fix the system. Sen. Murray is the Senior Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.          

She pointed out that wait times and quality of care are not new issues for the VA.

"What we need now is decisive action to restore veteran's confidence in the VA, to create a culture of transparency, and accountability, and to change the system wide, years-long problems. This needs to be a wake up call," said Sen. Murray.

Some republicans are calling for the secretary's resignation but the retired Army General says he will not. He says he will hold employees accountable for any misconduct, though.