Senate confirms McDonald as new VA secretary

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted unanimously to confirm the president's pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, Tuesday afternoon.

Sen. Claire McCaskill released the following statement about the confirmation:

"I'm very pleased with the Senate's overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to confirm Robert McDonald. He has a lot of work ahead of him—and I fully expect he will work to restore a culture of accountability at the VA by ensuring that any employee retaliating against a whistleblower or who cooked the books on wait times, is fired, and that we can quickly recover bonuses paid to those fraudsters with taxpayer dollars. I believe Mr. McDonald stands ready to tackle these difficult issues and ensure our veterans are receiving the highest level of care."


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