Sanders comments on choice of new VA Secretary


Robert McDonald to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times and others report.

McDonald will replace Eric Shinseki, who resigned following a scandal involving long wait times in the treatment of veterans at several VA hospitals.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement Monday on McDonald’s appointment:

“The VA needs significantly improved transparency and accountability and it needs an increased number of doctors, nurses and other medical staff so that all eligible veterans get high-quality health care in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting with Mr. McDonald next week in order to ascertain his views on these important issues.”

– Staff report