Sanders comments on choice of new VA Secretary

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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