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SOTU Scoop
May 8th, 2014
03:38 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, May 8, 2014.

1. Shinseki under fire. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has long faced criticism about the backlog of VA health care cases, but he is now on the hot seat over claims that veterans died while on a secret waiting list at a Phoenix VA hospital. The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs has subpoenaed Shenseki for information related to the alleged incident, and the retired general-turned-cabinet secretary will testify next week before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.  Although some House Republicans and at least one veterans group want Shinseki to resign or be fired, House Speaker John Boehner says not so fast. "I am not ready to join the chorus of people calling for him to step down," Boehner said. "The problems at the V.A. are systemic... and I don't believe that just changing someone at the top is going to actually get to the solutions that many of us are looking for." Arizona's two senators are also in a wait-and-see mode about whether Shinseki should step down. "Let's wait and see the I.G. investigation first," said Sen. Jeff Flake, while Sen. John McCain said "I think he should be allowed to come forward and explain."