stepped away from the committee that has
oversight over a scandal-plagued Wisconsin
Veterans Affairs facility, actions some
Republicans see as the Democratic senator
running from her past failures on the issue.
the 114th Congress but does not appear to
be on the committee in the 115th Congress,
according to its roster. The committee has
oversight over the Tomah VA, a VA facility
in Wisconsin that was over-prescribing opiates
to patients and saw a Marine die from an
of the dangerous amounts of narcotics that were being ordered by Dr. David Houlihan, the Tomah
VA chief of staff, and prescribed to veterans at the Tomah VA center.
yelled at and perhaps fired," the memo stated.
and overdosed. Dr. Houlihan was fired from the facility in 2015.
member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive an official federal government Inspector General
report on the abuses at Tomah. However, Baldwin did not take action until more than four months
later after the scandal became public, according to reports.
over the controversy.
agreement, according to news reports at the time. The amount that Baylor would have received is
not known. Baylor rejected the severance package.
Baldwin's handling of the VA report on Tomah was "frustrating" to her.
for not reading the report,'" Simcakoski said during an interview in 2015.
is running from the issue rather than standing up for Wisconsin veterans.
is shameful," Alec Zimmerman said. "Instead of fighting for reforms to the system by participating
in the ongoing oversight of the Tomah VA by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee, she has embraced the Washington status quo and fled her responsibilities to solve
the problem. Nothing can change the fact that Senator Baldwin failed to act when she had reason
to believe Wisconsin's veterans were in danger."