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House VA chair: 'Hypocritical' for Obama to rehire fired Phoenix chief

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"I'm outraged by the Obama administration's decision, which is remarkably hypocritical," said Rep. Jeff Miller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The House Veterans' Affairs chairman blasted the Obama administration for its "hypocritical" support for Sharon Helman, the former head of the VA Phoenix office who was fired following the 2014 wait-time scandal.

"I'm outraged by the Obama administration's decision, which is remarkably hypocritical given the fact that President Obama enthusiastically supported this law. The effect of this reckless action is clear: It undermines very modest reforms to our broken civil service system supported in 2014 by the president and an overwhelming majority of Congress," Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said in a statement Wednesday night.

The criticism comes after Attorney General Loretta Lynch said earlier Wednesday that Helman may return to her old job.

Miller said the Justice Department's decision "underscores" the VA's need to reform itself even two years after the story broke into the national spotlight.

President Obama has continued to call for better care of veterans, which makes the administration's Wednesday announcement a concern for those who want more accountability, not forgiveness.

"While this matter is still pending in federal court, we will immediately begin exploring legislative remedies to thwart the Obama administration's blatant advocacy on behalf of those whose mismanagement, malfeasance and crimes may have contributed to veteran and taxpayer harm," Miller finished.