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Senate panel backs McDonald to head Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The panel unanimously backed McDonald on Wednesday, one day after a nomination hearing in which he faced no opposition.

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, right, during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings. (AP Photo)

Senators said they are eager for McDonald to begin work at the beleaguered agency, which has been plagued by treatment delays and falsified records at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.

McDonald has pledged to “transform” the VA and address a series of “systematic failures,” including patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and integrity.

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