(NBC) -- Increasingly under fire over veteran's health care, President Obama declared he will not stand for misconduct at the nation's VA hospitals. But critics quickly called that too little too late.
On Capitol Hill, in a bipartisan vote, the house showed its concern.
Republicans say this fits an Obama pattern: he promised to end long waits at VA hospitals but did not and then, they say, when the problem became big news, he laid low until today.
With millions of US veterans and their families focused on the VA scandal
President Obama insisted he's on top of it.
But 40 vets dying while waiting for care in Phoenix and a reported cover up of the backlog has been a national story for weeks.
Veterans and many lawmakers wonder where the Commander in Chief has been.
The investigation in Phoenix is half done, but the probe is expanding to 26 hospitals.
In bi-partisan move, the house voted to make it easier to fire top VA managers, and there's growing pressure to fire the secretary of veterans affairs, Eric Shinseki.
The president resisted but left the exit door open.
Shinseki was in limbo as he left the White House.
What happens to Shinseki depends on what's found in Phoenix.
The president hopes for a report next week.
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Congressman Henry Cuellar has spoken on the house floor before about the VA backlog and how veterans are waiting too long to get benefits.
In reference to Eric Shinseki, Cuellar says as an administrator he should be given a chance to get to the bottom of the situation.
He says the VA has had its share of problems but the administration needs to find out what the problems are and how to improve them.