McDonald confirmed to head VA

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July 29, 2014

By Phil Heidenreich

Robert McDonald

Washington, D.C.: Robert McDonald, former President and CEO of Proctor & Gamble was confirmed as the head of the Veterans Affairs Department in President Obama's cabinet. McDonald was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate to succeed Eric Shinseki with a vote of 97-0.[1]

Shinseki resigned following the discovery of secret waiting lists in VA hospitals across the country, leading to long wait times for basic care. At times, the lists were so long that patients died waiting to be offered appointments with a doctor, a serious problem that McDonald will be faced with as he assumes the new role.[2]

Robert McDonald Confirmation vote, July 29, 2014
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 52 0 52
Republican Party Republicans 43 0 43
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 97 0 97


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