MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz wants to make sure that federal investigators are looking into claims by two former employees of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center that they were pressured to falsify records.

Walz responded Thursday to the women's claims they were pressured to falsify patient appointment dates and medical records to hide delays.

Walz, a Minnesota Democrat, is a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. In a statement, he calls the allegations "extremely troubling" and says they run counter to what local leadership at the VA told him.

Walz has sent a letter to federal agencies to confirm they are investigating the former workers' claims.

Minneapolis VA Health Care System director Patrick Kelly says the allegations about patient wait times are "unfounded."