The Senate unanimously confirms McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. The vote is 97-0. McDonald promises to take “immediate actions” in his first 90 days to reform the agency. McDonald replaces acting VA secretary Sloan Gibson, who temporarily took over the agency in May when Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned. Senate leaders say they have high expectations for the incoming secretary. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:
But if Mr. McDonald is willing to work in a collaborative and open manner with Congress, he will find a constructive partner on this side of the aisle. We know that there is much we can, and should, do to address this crisis together… Because when veterans are denied care, it’s a priority deserving of bipartisan attention.