“Yesterday, my VA Accountability Act passed the House of Representatives under the shadow of a veto threat from the President. It became clear to me that this Administration is not committed to reforming the VA. My personal commitment to the veterans of this country is greater than my desire to seek higher office.
I have made the determination that I can best serve veterans as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the member from the First District of Florida. I have decided to forgo my candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and instead continue my efforts to reform the toxic culture within the VA.
Vicki and I have prayed about this for weeks, and we feel that we have come to the best decision. We appreciate the outpouring of support from our family, friends, and supporters from all across the great State of Florida and throughout the Nation.”