- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed Robert McDonald on Wednesday to be the next secretary of the VA, sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote.

The day after Mr. McDonald’s confirmation hearing Tuesday, senators met for an informal 10-minute business meeting where all 14 members voted for the former Procter and Gamble CEO to be the next leader of the Veterans Affairs Department.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, said that he will talk to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to schedule a vote in the full Senate, where it’s expected Mr. McDonald will be confirmed. A date has not yet been set for the vote, though Mr. Sanders said it could happen in the next day or two.

“Obviously we’d like to get this done before the break,” Mr. Sanders said.

Congress has about a week left in D.C. before taking a month-long vacation in August.