President Obama is expected to officially nominate Bob McDonald to serve as the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs today. McDonald is the retired President & CEO of Procter & Gamble, and also served for five years as a Captain in the U.S. Army.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to McDonald's nomination:
"The White House report delivered to President Obama on Friday is the latest reminder of the large number of problems we are working together to address at the VA: from the immediate need to get veterans off waitlists and into a doctor's office, to the longer-term needs such as addressing the VA's culture to putting in place a healthcare system that can plan strategically for the influx of patients it will receive in the coming years.
"I'm pleased that Bob McDonald has experience both in the military and as the leader of a large corporation -- backgrounds which I believe would serve him well at the helm of the VA. But no one person is going to solve of all the VA's problems -- it's something all of us must continue working on together in the weeks, months, and years to come."
McDonald's nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate.