WASHINGTON -- Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 Republican in the House, addressed a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in 2002, a Scalise spokeswoman confirmed Monday as his party prepared to take control of both chambers of Congress.
Mr. Scalise made his remarks to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded two years earlier by David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana politician. Mr. Scalise was a Louisiana state legislator at the time. read more
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), the newly elected House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002. Scalise confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. His adviser claimed Scalise didn't know the group's beliefs. read more
Since May, the Veterans Administration has reduced the number of veterans waiting longest for care -- its top priority -- by 57%, according to James Hutton, a VA spokesman. From June to September, the VA completed 19 million appointments, an increase of 1.2 million compared with the same time last year. To recruit more health care providers, VA Secretary Robert McDonald has proposed pay hikes for VA doctors and dentists, Hutton said. McDonald announced a restructuring of the VA on Nov. 10. read more