View Full Version : Tammy Baldwin Left Committee With Oversight of Scandal-Plagued Wis. VA Facility

02-26-2017, 01:30 PM
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) has quietly 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.

Baldwin served on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee throughout 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 overdose.

A memo, first circulated in 2009, warned 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.

Individuals at the center feared objecting to the orders of Dr. Houlihan, who received the nickname "the candy man."

"It is a known fact that if providers or pharmacists refuse to follow Dr. Houlihanís orders, they will be yelled at and perhaps fired," the memo stated