Senate Unanimously Confirms David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs Secretary

David Shulkin (Getty Images)
David Shulkin (Getty Images)

The Senate unanimously confirmed Trump nominee David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs Monday night.

Shulkin, the lone holdover from the Obama administration among President Trump’s Cabinet picks, has been the VA undersecretary for health since July 2015 and has not drawn the harsh opposition from Democrats that other Trump nominees have faced.

During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, he promised to lead a “major reform and transformation of the VA.” Shulkin said he wants veterans to be able to get care in the private sector when they need it, but he also wants to maintain core VA services.

“There will be far greater accountability, dramatically improved access, responsiveness and expanded care options,” he said. “But the Department of Veterans Affairs will not be privatized under my watch.”

Trump pledged during the campaign that his administration would allow veterans to get VA-paid care in the private sector if they choose.

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SOURCE: Donovan Slack