Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, voted to advance the nomination of Robert A. McDonald to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Following the unanimous committee vote, Murray released the following statement:
"In a critical moment, Mr. McDonald is faced with a monumental task to fix the serious systemic and cultural challenges at the VA. After hearing from him personally, I am confident he will bring his successful management and leadership track record, and his commitment to service, to ensure our nation's heroes get the benefits and services they have earned. I look forward to the Senate moving quickly on this nomination, so Mr. McDonald can get to work and take immediate action to address these critical challenges."